Who Are You Voting For?

February 22, 2016
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We have all seen the recent uptick in political conversation online. It can be divisive, always includes strong opinions and leaves many taking personal offense.  In my opinion, this current field of candidates (on all sides) seems to be devoid of a clear-cut person worth my vote.  Whether you plan to vote for Hillary, Bernie,.. read more →

It’s Game Time!

October 26, 2015
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So far through this blog we regularly cover devotional topics, encouragement,  & youth ministry info but from time to time you just have to have a little fun.  Working with young people always brought about one of my favorite activities: the ice breaker games.  I understand these typically make those of us who are introverts.. read more →

Make Regular Authentic Connections

March 30, 2015
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Thank you to all my faithful readers who have been patiently waiting for me to return from paternity leave. No better way to start than a self-confession: I use my smart phone quite a bit. It is how I call my wife & family, keep up with friends & even stay connected with my brother.. read more →

Expect What Can Be Expected

January 12, 2015
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Phew!  Now you can look back on kettles and Christmas decorations as a not-so-distant memory and feel relief in the work being done while also missing that time of year.  Then here goes Jesse with some encouragement to accomplish something that I don’t have time to do anyway.  Hopefully these blogs are not a drag.. read more →

Recovering from Burn Out

May 15, 2014
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Lindsey Fleeman EQUIP is now a week behind us, and for those of you who didn’t go, or who have never gone, you’re missing out! I believe it’s one of the most important conferences YouthDownSouth holds.  Our very motto is “equipping leaders who impact youth.” It’s an unsung event because it doesn’t have the glitz.. read more →

EQUIP 2014: Making a Lasting Impression

April 17, 2014
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EQUIP 2014 is coming up May 5th-8th, and Lindsey is getting excited about the theme as she explores the depth of “Lasting Impression.” Are you as excited about EQUIP as Lindsey? Have you registered yet? Today (April 17th) is the last day to register with the hotel.  Click here if you haven’t done so already… read more →

EQUIP 2014: We’re looking to highlight you!

April 9, 2014
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You guys are making a lasting impression everyday in your Corps and Divisions, and we want to give you some recognition! What awesome Corps programs or events do you have that are impacting the youth in your community? Find pics or snap new ones.  Send in those pictures and a 1-2 sentence blurb of what cool.. read more →


March 6, 2014
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Sheila Livingston Adults are wringing their hands over their children’s strange and worrying behaviors. ‘Comic books are behind the youth problem. They cause everything from delinquency to dyslexia.’ *1 ‘The youth of the world today is touched with madness, literally sick with an aberrant condition of mind.’  *2 So said a couple of authorities of.. read more →