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Snapchat Ministry Students

Ministering to Teenagers in a Snapchat World

A few months ago, I wrote an article for The Leadership Journal about how to effectively minister to students in a culture that is increasingly overly sexualized. Whether you are a parent or someone who works with students, I hope this article will help you as you invest in students lives: If you work with […]


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New Year 2104

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 […]


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How To Navigate The Crazy Seasons of Youth Ministry

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know it’s been slightly quieter than normal in the last few weeks. I’m sorry if you have missed your regular 2-3 posts per week, but there’s been a lot going on in life and ministry… In the last 7 weeks I have: Finished my Masters […]


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Scheduling What Matters Most

“If you never did ministry again, I am not sure I would care at this point!” These were the hard, but truthful, words my wife spoke as she shared her frustrations of being married to an overscheduled youth pastor. It wasn’t like I didn’t see it coming… Over many months I had blurred the lines […]


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Family Focused Student Ministry – Part 5: Students

Many of the students in our ministries come from broken homes or difficult situations, (not all, but many). Statistically many of them are living with only one parent and have seen divorce. It’s important that I see the big picture of my ministry as a model to these students who need to see how a […]


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Pause on Blogging

Some of my youth ministry friends have been asking why there has been a lack of blog posts in the last two months. If you visit the site often you might have the same question too. Well, here is the simple answer: Time…or more to the point: Time and parenting… As some of you know […]


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Michigan Hockey

Tonight was our ‘H’ date (see http://youthworktalk.com/2009/01/03/marriage-and-ministry-abc-dates/)  We live pretty close to Ann Arbor, so we went to a Hockey game for the evening! It was a lot of fun and Michigan won!               GO BLUE!!!


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