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Announcing: Team Up! The Family Ministry Playbook for Partnering with Parents

About a year ago I began writing Team Up! The The Family Ministry Playbook for Partnering with Parents with GROUP Publishing. Today, I am excited to announce that it is available for purchase! Why Did I Write It? About 15 years ago I realized that my ministry impact was limited if I only focused on the kids in my […]

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How to Deal with Criticism in Youth Ministry: An Interview with Brian Berry [VIDEO POST]

Last week I caught up with friend and youth ministry veteran Brian Berry. Brian is the author of a NEW book called Criticism Bites as well as As for me and my Crazy House. In this video interview with Brian we took some time to talk about his new book as well as some great practical […]

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5 Books to Buy for Volunteer Youth Workers This Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner… How are you investing in volunteers this year? If you are in full-time ministry and want some recommendations of good books to buy your volunteers, look no further. Below is a quick list of 5 books I have read.  They are super practical as well as very insightful. Check them […]

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Winners of 5 Copies of ‘Everyone’s Called to Youth Ministry’ Announced.

If have not checked out the outstanding new book by Darren Sutton, you really should. Below are the twitter names of 5 lucky winners, who either commented or tweeted, (or did both). @karldpeterson   @ScottTinman   @pdaly9   @tomdshriver   @melinda9704 If you don’t see your name there and still want to pick up a […]

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Book Giveaway: Everyone’s Called to Youth Ministry by Darren Sutton – 5 Copies = 5 Winners!

I’m super excited to giveaway 5 copies to 5 lucky winners of Darren Sutton’s latest book, Everyone’s Called To Youth Ministry – They Just Don’t Know It Yet! Here are three ways you how you can win a copy: 1) Comment to win by 9am EST, October 22nd. 2) Tweet the following and get entered twice: […]

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3 FREE Francis Chan Books for Good Friday

For anyone who loves to read Francis Chan, this is a great day! Today, and tomorrow, (Good Friday and Saturday), only on Amazon, they are giving away FREE Kindle edition copies of 3 Francis Chan books. Here are the links for you: Crazy Love Erasing Hell Forgotten God Have a Fantastic Easter! Phil <><

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The 7 Best Practices For Teaching Teenagers The Bible: BOOK REVIEW

If you haven’t picked up a copy of The 7 Best Practices for Teaching Teenagers the Bible, you really should! By Andy Blanks of YM360, this book is probably the most effective book I have read when it comes to breaking down steps in teaching the bible. The chapters are broken into the 7 practices and […]

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NEW BOOK: Answers to Teenagers’ 50 Toughest Questions

This week I am excited to announce three new books by 3 of us here at As a part of Simply Youth Ministry’s brand new Every Day Youth Ministry series, Leneita Fix, Darren Sutton, and myself are excited to see three highly practical youth ministry books get in the hands of youth workers. In the next […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Sun Stand Still: Steven Furtick

It’s been a LONG time since I did a book review. And, this book is one that has been out for a long time too. However, recently, while away on vacation with my family, I was finally able to catch up with a few books I have been waiting to read. Sun Stand Still is […]

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Transitioning in Youth Ministry: In Transit – Tim Ciccone

[vsw id=”13863698″ source=”vimeo” width=”570″ height=”344″ autoplay=”no”]   A few weeks back, I posted a book review about In Transit – A Youth Workers Guide to Navigating a New Beginning, by Tim Ciccone. This week I came across a video interview of Tim explaining the book a little more. If you are considering making a transition, […]

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