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[Podcast] ★ How to Team Up With Parents! ★

Last week I had the privilege to speak to my friend and youth ministry blogger Terrace Crawford about my book Team Up! The Family Ministry Playbook for Partnering with Parents. His podcast This Week in Youth Ministry is quickly becoming one of the most listened to youth ministry podcasts. I appreciated the opportunity to talk about my vision […]


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7 Keys to Influencing Church Leadership to Partner with Parents

You’ve likely heard it said that our time with kids and students is getting shorter in an increasingly busy extra curricular culture. Parents however, still have the greatest influence with their kids, While what we do on a Sunday or midweek program is vital, it’s imperative that we make a shift in our time and […]


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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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Why Volunteer Youth Workers Need Greater Investment From The Local Church

In my opinion, volunteer youth workers are worth their weight in gold! However, so often the church places too much emphasis on the paid staff and not nearly enough in investing in it’s volunteer youth workers. Here are four reasons why I think the local church needs to invest greater time and resources in volunteer […]


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Everybody’s Urban: An Interview with Leneita Fix

Last week I got the chance to catch up with friend, youth worker, writer, and contributor to youthworktalk.com, Leneita Fix. Her new book with Jeffrey Wallace is Everybody’s Urban: Understanding The Survival Mindset of the Next Generation – Here’s a quick interview that covers the content and purpose of the book.   You can pick up […]


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Starting Fresh: 4 Keys Starting Right In A New Youth Ministry

I recently started a new full-time youth ministry gig about 6 months ago. For a while I was the shiny new toy at our church, and that was fine! But in reality, it can be difficult to start fresh at a new place, with all of the cultural learnings, expectations from leaders/students/parents, as well as […]


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FREE Q and A Webinar from ParentMinistry.net with Dr. Jim Burns!

Don’t miss this!!! Share this with your parents!!!! Our friends from ParentMinistry.net are doing another FREE Webinar! Dr. Jim Burns leads a free Q and A webinar on Tuesday, March 19 at 2 pm (central) It’s a chance for you to ask your questions about parenting teens… register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8154249060093242368


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GUEST POST: Does Your To-Do List Match Your Youth Ministry Priorities?

We all have plenty of projects that are due sooner than we can manage. Your submission for the newsletter was due yesterday, you still need volunteers for the fundraiser dinner, and yes, you’ve still got 67 unread emails. That’s why it’s so easy to spend eight hours blowing through a to-do list that doesn’t do […]


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4 Essential Phases of Small Groups In Youth Ministry

So often I talk to my volunteers about their struggles in leading their small group. At the beginning of the year many of them struggle to either get students to talk, or in some cases struggle to reign in their group. By the end of the year they are challenged with how ‘checked out’ students […]


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BACK TO SCHOOL GIVEAWAY: 1 Year Access to SYM ‘TEAM’ TOOL

You could win a 1 year access to SYM ‘Team’ Tool! Simply Youth Ministry have developed this brilliant resource to help with applications, background checks, and training (including videos by experienced in the trenches youth workers), in one simple-to-use online interface. How can you win?  By Tuesday September 4th 2012, comment to this post and […]


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