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Faith Ownership In Students: Part 1 – Active or Passive Learning?

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling… Philippians 2:12 (NIV). As youth workers (and parents), I believe our drive, our vision, and our implementation of ministry programs should be centered on this important goal: Students […]


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Using Guest Speakers In Your Youth Ministry

Whether you are the paid guy or girl, or a volunteer running a ministry program, there is tendency to think that all the messages we give students have to depend on us from week to week. However, I have found that we have more impact on students when give them variation of speakers and utilize […]


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Why Students Don’t Care About Your Message…

A couple of weeks ago I received a promo email from preachingrocket.com (You should check them out, they offer great tips, advice, and training for all things preaching and speaking). Usually I scan these kinds of emails quickly, but this one really caught my attention. Here’s an excerpt I have been given permission to share with you: […]


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The Second Most Important Part of Message Prep

When you are in ‘crazy busy  ministry mode’ and you have to put a good message together, what are the elements you spend most time on? That’s the question we’re looking at today… Last weekend I preached in ‘big church’ on Philippians 2. It’s always a great privilege to preach in church and It’s always […]


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Three Youth Ministry Priorities For Mondays

For many in youth ministry, Monday is their day off. For others, Friday is their day off. For some of us, we ask, “what is a day off?” For me, Monday is a ministry work day and I usually get my day off on Friday. Since Monday is the first day of my ministry work […]


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Athletes In Action Speakers = Great Outcomes!

Last night, as part of our mid-week program we had two athletes from The University of Michigan Athletes in Action come to share their faith with our high school students. Craig Roh (defensive end football player), and Brandi Virgil (softball player), did a brilliant job sharing their faith in a relational and engaging way. It […]


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Teaching Students God’s Truth: Can we teach it all?

A long time ago I read The 7 Checkpoints by Andy Stanley and Stuart Hall. In this book Stanley and Hall outline the need to teach students the absolute essentials for their faith development. At the time I remembered agreeing with the premise that we only have so many hours per year of teaching time […]


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Are Kids Fighting to Come To Youth Group?

I’ll never forget my friend Rick telling me about the night students were “fighting” to come to his midweek program! One evening, just before youth group started, he looked outside to see more students than he had ever seen at his church. He quickly thanked God for the gigantic turn-out and then went outside to […]


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The Lesson I Learned When My Laptop Crashed During Sermon Prep

Today my Macbook Pro crashed! It was a BIG crash! The good people at the Apple store told me my hard drive is not recoverable. Ever have that happen? Believe it or not, this is the first time I have ever had a computer crash in this way… But here’s the bigger problem: I AM PREACHING […]


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8 Reasons Why My Second Office is Starbucks

If you follow me on twitter or foursquare, you will regularly see me checking-in at my local Starbucks or a similar coffee house. Recently a lot of youth ministry friends have suggested that I have a coffee addiction and need serious help. Often my reply is, “we are in youth ministry… we all need help”. […]


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