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SYMC 2016 – Real World Family Ministry

This weekend I have been at The Simply Youth Ministry Conference in Chicago, IL. It’s been a great weekend so far and I have been so encouraged by the conversations, new connections, and inspiring worship and teaching. In addition, I have had the privilege to invest in and encourage youth and family ministry workers as they seek […]


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Balancing Family Ministry

4 Healthy Defaults for Balancing Family and Ministry – Part 2

In a previous post I talked about the importance discovering a new vision for balancing family and ministry. Ultimately, trying to find balance often feels like a moving target, so it’s essential that our family has a clear God-given vision of what is needed for the long haul. While finding balance is a moving target […]


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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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New Year and a New Blog from Phil Bell

Do you ever feel like it’s time to start over? Have you ever sensed a change in direction and felt compelled to follow a new plan? This new blog is a reflection of some significant changes that have taken place in my life over the past year… For my regular readers to youthworktalk.com, you know that back […]


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9 Signs You’re Burning Out In Youth Ministry

In my previous post I talked about the need to understand what we are called to, rather than what we are pulled to in youth ministry. Having a strong faith foundation and knowing what God is calling us to, will help us avoid saying “yes” to everything, and doing everything in our own strength… Recently […]


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3 Priorities For The New Year In Youth Ministry

It can be overwhelming at the beginning of the new year with so many new goals and resolutions to make (and keep). While it can be overwhelming and daunting, it should not be an excuse to back slide into old ways and half-baked efforts. So how can we keep focus on changes and manage the […]


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5 New Year Resolutions For Youth Workers…

So, this is the time of year when many are creating resolutions and reassessing what the next year should like. To be honest, I am not a big fan of resolutions since many of them are made quickly and without an action plan. However, if we can be intentional and specific and plan ahead, it […]


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