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Olympic Ring Fail Laugh

A Leadership Key? Can You Easily Laugh At Yourself?

Many will remember the opening ceremony ‘Ring Malfunction’ at the Sochi Winter Games, but I wonder how many people will remember the closing ceremony ‘Ring Malfunction’? Here’s a picture from the closing ceremony from Sochi where effectively, the Russian’s had the last laugh. It was clever how they planned a second ring malfunction for the […]


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I’m In Transition

If you are a frequent reader of this blog, I apologize for the lack of posts in the last couple of weeks. I (Phil) am in transition at the moment. I finished up in my ministry as high school pastor and am now transitioning to a new church as a family life pastor.   I […]


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Winner of Summer Youth Ministry Resource Giveaway Announced!

If you were wondering who won the sweet resources we talked about a few weeks ago, wait not longer! The lucky winner is: Scott Glisson. Scott won through his tweet. You can follow him @glisson4prez In meantime, check out this sweet offer from our friends at LeaderTreks. Get 15% off your purchases between now and […]


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Finding Support in Youth Ministry: 8 Types of Support People You Really Need

As we wrap up our support series for this week, I wanted to take time to list 8 essential types of people who support me in my ministry. Finding and keeping support is imperative and will help us hang in for the long haul. Without encouragement, accountability, goals, and development, we are ‘dead’ in the […]


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Social Media Video 2013

Saw this video over at Forward Progress  by Michael Kelly – It certainly makes interesting viewing and has a stack of incredible statistics about Social Media and the world our students live in. Share this with your youth leaders, parents, and church leaders…   What are your thoughts on this? What surprised  you? What stands out? […]


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Thank You!

Readers, subscribers, followers, (or whatever you would like me to call you), Thank you to all who voted for me to win ‘The Best Youth Ministry Blog Post of 2012.’ There were so many other brilliant posts and writers! Thank you also for putting up with the multiple requests I put forward to ask for […]


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Merry Christmas! Blogging News For 2013…

To all our readers, subscribers, followers, friends, or whatever you want to call yourselves…  Merry Christmas! Thanks for following the blog in this past year and thanks for all the comments and interaction! It’s Been 4 Years Already! 4 Years ago, I (Phil), started this blog as a way to dialogue about youth ministry with a […]


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Top 10 Youth Ministry Posts For 2012: YouthworkTalk

It’s been a great year blogging! Myself (Phil), Darren, Leneita, and John would like to thank you for following this blog, contributing to great discussion, and most all, investing in students. As we near the end of the year we wanted to give you a summary of our top 10 list of posts for 2012. […]


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Simply Youth Ministry Conference – Early Bird Deadline Ends 10.31

Check out the 190+ hours of new training at SYMC 2013 (video below) Or register here to get in on the early bird discount!


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GUEST POST: Overcome Bullying – You Can Bring Hope To Your Community

“There is no hope. The most we can do is help our kids learn how to cope with bullying because nothing is going to ever change”. These words shocked me! Especially since they came from one of the nations leading anti-bullying experts. This expert had more letters after their name and more research hours than […]


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