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If It’s Snowing Outside, Summer Should Be On Your Mind

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It’s hard to think about anything but holiday shopping, parties and last minute preparations for Christmas. But this season is also a perfect time to start preparing for summer.

Not only will you get ahead but create a continuos flow that won’t interrupt the momentum. Here are 3 steps to take now so that summer season doesn’t sneak up on you…again:  Read More

Why Teens Will Come Back To Your Ministry

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From free burrito nights to mandatory attendance we’ll do anything to attract teens to our ministry. But, sometimes the challenge isn’t getting them there initially, it’s making sure they come back.

Why do teens come back to your ministry? It’s a question my ministry asks our every year. The answer wasn’t games, food or cool prizes. The reason teens came back was because of the: Read More

How To Handle Middle School Students Without Going Crazy

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Why is middle school youth ministry such an after thought? It basically boils down to these two reasons:

1. You hated your own middle school years and don’t want to relive it.

2. Middle school students seem like unruly, hormone driven animals and who wants that?

It’s also the perfect opportunity to grow a healthy youth ministry. Unfortunately, it scares most of us, but it doesn’t have to. If you want to do middle school youth ministry right, then you need to start:

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What To Do When You Don’t Have Enough Volunteers To Run The Ministry You Want

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I was recently speaking at a conference about building a team of dynamic volunteers when someone asked, “What do I do if I can’t get adults to serve as leaders in my youth ministry?”

It’s actually a question that I get often. It’s something that’s happened to me several times. When you don’t have the people to run the ministry you want then it’s time to Read More

3 Realities That Will Change The Way You Recruit Volunteers

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Recruiting volunteers has to be a priority. And, if you expect emails, bulletin and pulpit announcements are going to do the job you’ll only find disappointment.

Too often we expect people to accept our invitation to serve simply by asking them. The problem is it’s not that easy. While the concept is simple there are at least 3 realities we need to embrace in order to ask people effectively. They are:  Read More

Why Disney Does Church So Well

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Recently my family made the trip to Disney. It was the first time for my kids and the first time I had been since I was 8. I enjoyed myself just as much as I did when I was a kid; however, my experience was completely different.

As a kid I was caught up in the magic and wonder of the experience. As an adult I was not only amazed by the environments but the intentionality the park puts into creating life long memories. My experience sparked the question: Read More

How To Pick The Right Small Group Content

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What content are you using for your youth ministry? Is it doing everything it promised? If you aren’t totally satisfied with your purchase or if you’re struggling to use it that’s okay.

No curriculum is perfect for your youth ministry. But, there are some resources that are better. Deciding on which ones to choose and why can be challenging. So before you add that message series to your cart or hit subscribe be sure you: Read More

Why Youth Small Groups Are So Important

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Want to know why a teenager will come back to your youth ministry? It’s because they feel connected and known. The best way to build that connection is with small groups.

Small groups are one of the most effective structures your youth ministry can embrace. If you really want to have an impact on a teenagers life you need to invest make them an intricate part of your ministry because small groups:
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