About mattmurphy79

Hi! I'm Matt, a 14 year veteran of youth ministry. I have a MSW from Adelphi U and a M.Div. from Denver Seminary. I am very passionate about helping youth and youth workers navigating Dark Places in their lives.

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TWO YEAR ANNY

Two Years Ago, I started this blog at SYMC.  Here are the top 20 posts of all time: Ministry Idea: Non-Peak Season Can Drive What should an Ideal Pastor’s wife Be??? 10 Qualities of a Professional Youth Pastor (1-5) Resources … Continue reading

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Through the Bible in a Year! February Update

I’ve decided to try to read through the Bible in a year.  I’m ahead of schedule but thought of encouraging anyone who wanted to join me to jump in.  I’ve attached a spreadsheet that outlines the chapters of the Bible … Continue reading

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Top Ten Posts Last Year

This is the Birthday of my blog up, so here are the top ten for the last year: What should an Ideal Pastor’s wife Be??? 10 Qualities of a Professional Youth Pastor (1-5) 9 Priorities in Starting a Youth Ministry … Continue reading

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Burnout/Quality of Life Test

Take this test to see how burned out you are as a ministry worker. PROFESSIONAL QUALITY OF LIFE SCALE (PROQOL) COMPASSION SATISFACTION AND COMPASSION FATIGUE (PROQOL) VERSION 5 (2009) When you help people you have direct contact with their lives. … Continue reading

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A few good pastoral care resources for youth ministers

Great Resources

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Complete Inadequacy #SYMC

This is a post from last years SYMC.  I wanted to share it with you as we head into this years #SYMC   I think it started during the SYMC general session at the end of Ruth Halley Barton’s talk.  … Continue reading

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Top 10 Posts February 2013

Started blogging again this month, got some good numbers and quite a few hits on these sites: 5 Apps for Managing Youth Ministry 9 Priorities in Starting a Youth Ministry (Part 1) What should an Ideal Pastor’s wife Be??? 9 … Continue reading

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#SYMC Blogroll

Here are a list of Blogs that are blogging @SYMC with their twitter handles.   Rachel Blom @Rachel Blom Blogs @ Youth Leaders Academy . Brent Lacy @brentlacydotcom Blogs @ Ministryplace.net . Kevin Patterson @PastorKev_DSFBC Blogs @ Life in the … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Grow this Year at #SYMC

The following is an adaptation from my book 99 Thoughts on Caring for Your Youth Group .  While here at SYMC, these are some ideas for you to grow and get some breathing room.   Who we are is most … Continue reading

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Book Review: Rural Youth Ministry

Rural Youth Ministry by Brent Lacy Simply Youth Ministry's EveryDay Youth Ministry Series has churned out another complete success in Rural Youth Ministry.” Brent Lacy captures the essence of what it means to be a Rural Youth Minister. I have … Continue reading

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