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I reached a blogging milestone today. This is post #100. When I started, I didn’t know how long I would keep doing it. But I have found that it is almost like a journal for me. I get to share what God is teaching me, and I get to express my thoughts and ideas. I am definitely hooked now. Here

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A while back, I blogged about a problem that is all too common in youth ministry. I talked about youth being disconnected from the larger church and only being connected to the youth ministry. We see the results that flow from this. Teens and young adults that leave the church after graduation because they don’t fit in. I don’t want

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Do you ever get the feeling that most major Christian publishing companies are out of touch with the average youth ministry? I was looking through some catalogs online this weekend and I am surprised by the cost and focus of many of the resources. When I think about the vast majority of churches in our area, I don’t think about

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Our youth group just got back from the dare2share conference in Charlotte. It was a great trip. I love seeing our group “stretched” and challenged. Overall, good messages, good music, good dramas, and good experiences. I admit I was a little skeptical going into it. I’m using not a big fan of canned Gospel presentation methods where you go point

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I’ve got hooked on The Biggest Loser on NBC this season. Last night had the twist of bringing some of the contestants that were working out at home back to the show to compete against those staying at the ranch. And one of the guys brought back was Matt from Maine, who is a youth pastor. You’ve got to root

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I’ll borrow Kurt Johnston’s rating system for our youth meeting last night. Attendance: Above AverageLesson Topic: What’s Your Story‘Fun Factor’: AverageMusic: NoneLesson Quality: Above AverageLength of Lesson: around 30 minutesStudent Response: Above Average Last night was one of those meetings where you really see God at work. Since we’re heading to the dare2share conference this week, we have been spending

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Man, do you ever get the feeling that you are just totally out of it. I just ran across Phil Vischer’s Blog and read about how Big Idea, the company behind Veggietales went bankrupt back in 2003. I’ve been a big Veggietales fan since my first daughter was born. She absolutely loved them growing up as have my two boys.

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Our youth group is heading to the dare2share conference in a few weeks in Charlotte. For all you guys and girls, here is one way to help share your faith with friends. Remember this is a framework for you to have a conversation with your friends. This is not a script to be read but a starter for a conversation

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From the Catalyst Blog. Nothing new here, but it did get me thinking yet again about this topic. I have to ask the question, does our contemporary youth ministry model make this problem worse. I can’t help but feel that we have taught teenagers for too long to worship youth group and not worship Christ. It is easy to create

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This is a neat video for all the teen girls to watch. If you think all models are perfect, then check out this video to see what happens during a typical photo shoot. From hair, makeup, and then digital photoshop editing, the image is completely changed. Hey it’s not just for girls, guys check this out and you will see

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We woke up Sunday morning to discover a yard full of plastic utensils yet again. This time I took a picture of it. During my message on Sunday I talked about how during Catalyst, Jeff Foxworthy defined redneck as the “glorious absence of sophistication” I also shared that we had quite a few gloriously unsophisticated teenagers in our church. I’ve

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