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5 Ways to Grow 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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Dealing with Difficult Teens.

We all have had them, perhaps have them, perhaps they come home with us after youth group.  Teens who have a certain disposition or character traits that just rub us in a “nails on chalkboard” type of way.  Sometimes its … Continue reading

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Relational Youth Ministry TIp: Not Hanging Up

Phones are one of the most awkward ways to communicate I know of.  While you can pick up voice inflection cues (such as sarcasm or wit) better than text and email, the lack of visual communication cues can sometimes cause … Continue reading

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What is a Charitable Orthodoxy?

One of Denver Seminary’s core values is that of a Charitable Orthodoxy. I’ve spent my last four years at this institution learning all about it and what it means to have a ‘generous orthodoxy.” DenSem president, Mark Young, has an … Continue reading

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Distance Education in Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry and Education For many of us pursuing vocational youth ministry as well as participating in lay youth ministry, finding education and information can be difficult.  If you are just looking for information distance education can be a great … Continue reading

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Answering Bullying and the Media via Deuteronomy 6

In my last post, I talked about problems surrounding bullying and media where I highlighted the problems teens face because of the problems of bullying, peer pressure and media impose on their lives with conflicting messages and often damaging images … Continue reading

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Perspective on Bullying and Media

I saved this story of two young girls who committed suicide because of incessant bullying at their school.  As I sit here writing this story I am about 5 miles from Columbine High School.  Bet you don’t even have to … Continue reading

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How to Preach: When Your Gifting is Elsewhere

My Story: I was not formally trained in my early years of ministry to do much of “ministry.”  That is, I had never taken a course in public speaking, homiletics or anything else that prepared me to speak in front … Continue reading

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How to Preach: Taking the Time to Thrive

Sermon Preparation Outline In all of ministry, getting a weekly cadence down is tough, but creating a schedule and a sacred rhythm for your weekly preparation will help you create strong messages.  You will only begin to thrive if you … Continue reading

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