Did You Know? Interesting Facts about the Early Church

October 13, 2014
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I am fascinated by studying history and the origin of where things and groups of people came from. Discovering that basketball started with peach baskets, a soccer style ball and was mainly used as conditioning during the winter for other sports was very intriguing to me. I believe, when taken in view of our current.. read more →

Our NEED for Youth Ministers

October 6, 2014
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I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the creation and development of the youth pastor and current ministry as we see it defined around us. If I’m open and honest with you, it is a subject I felt supremely underqualified to speak openly about because of how young I am along with my lack of.. read more →

Don’t Wait for a Catastrophe

September 29, 2014
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Recently, we remembered the harrowing 13th anniversary of 9/11. It was a terrible day in American history but one in which revealed a few well known truths. In uncertainty…people run to reliability. In fear…people run to safety. In remorse…people run to comfort. In severe loneliness…people run to others. It is shown in individuals flocking to.. read more →

What Makes Your Soul Sing?

September 22, 2014
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This post was inspired by a recent family time service done by the Music Department where TMS Nick Simmons-Smith spoke on what makes his soul sing. I loved that visual and could relate with many of the examples he gave because my nostalgic self went back to those days as a teenager, attending TMI &.. read more →

Holiness Quotes

April 11, 2014
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Here we are starting the last Youth Councils weekend of 2014!  What an incredible, life-changing time it has been so far this year.  Many thoughts have been shared on the theme of ‘Live Right’ and we truly hope it has been taken to heart.  Strive to develop a character of incorruptible values.  Cling to love,.. read more →

Corny Church Jokes

February 28, 2014
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Sometimes there is nothing better than the groan you hear from kids after you’ve told a ridiculously corny church joke(Also referred to as, pastor or Dad jokes). In order to help you attain some of these grumbles of half-humor and eye-rolls that say ‘you embarrass me’; here are a few gems.  These are blatant groan-worthy.. read more →

Abolish The Ordinary

February 14, 2014
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Happy Valentine’s Day! I was reading a novel by Steven Pressfield entitled ‘Last of the Amazons’ over these last few snow days and hit a passage that I believe speaks to us as believers but also as youth leaders. While we can discuss the merits of proven Ancient History versus folklore and legend I simply.. read more →

Bible Vs Tech Debate

October 30, 2013
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I’ve heard some discussion recently debating the question of whether or not we should strictly use the hard copy Bible vs. an iPad, phone or any other tech with a bible app when publicly speaking or teaching.  Up until now I have used both my Bible and phone interchangeably in order to look up or cite Scripture.. read more →

What Kind of Youth Leader Are You?

October 18, 2013
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What attitude do you bring with you into youth programs or ministry in general? Many times as Youth leaders our focus strains too closely to making sure the next thing gets done, the next program goes smoothly or reports are filed on time. We don’t always remember to take a step back and take a.. read more →

Current Youth Culture Facts

October 10, 2013
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Young teenagers who start this school year as freshmen in high school have grown up in a very different world than you or I. This is important if we are to be sensitive in certain areas when it pertains to ministry and family relations. Youth still deal with peer pressure, bullying and all sorts of.. read more →