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October 8, 2013

Student Ministry Shirts

Props to Jarvis Glanzer for this "band tour" shirt idea.  We released a youth group shirt in conjunction with our school year beginning in September.  The design is done in house in August when our calendar is finalized. The front is our standard tribute to nickname/brand (freeks).  The back is our annual "Tour" including all of our event dates and…
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September 5, 2012

Live Dead

Last year I heard about the Live Dead initiative in East Africa from a friends and purchased their 30 day Journal on Amazon.com.  (more…)
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June 9, 2012

A Beautiful Mess

Mark Oestreicher, author of Youth Ministry 3.0, recently penned a book called A Beautiful Mess that was offered as a free e-book for a short time back in May via Group.  (more…)
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April 11, 2012

In the Beginning Pt 1 // Image

Every beginning has an end in mind.  When God created the universe and humankind, His end purpose was to have perfect relationship with Him.  (more…)
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February 1, 2012

Zombie Attack Pt 4 // Live

The irony of How to Survive a Zombie Attack is that the final basic principle isn't about surviving at all.  Surviving the zombie apocalypse isn't enough because life isn't about surviving, it's about thriving. The fourth basic principle: Live. Too many times we live life in survival mode.  We are just trying to make it through the next test, the…
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January 25, 2012

Zombie Attack Pt 3 // Attack

The past two Wednesdays we've approached our How to Survive a Zombie Attack in a sly, metaphorical manner, using plausible scenarios to illustrate the unity and security that can come from a church body.  As we venture into the final two weeks we move toward the ultimate goal of the series, revealing the mission of the church and exploring God's…
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January 23, 2012

Gen Next Pt 1 // Desperation

The letters written to Timothy in the Bible could be read as letters to the current generation of young adults roughly 16-30 years old.  Call them Generation Next, Generation Y, Millenials, or whatever you'd like, they are poised to influence their world like no other generation before it.  As Paul was committed to helping Timothy finding his place in God's…
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January 18, 2012

Zombie Attack Pt 2 // Defend

Our first Wednesday night of training for How to Survive a Zombie Attack went well.  We learned how to outfit an SUV for survival on the go and more importantly we looked at the first basic principle of survival, Unite.  Shared vulnerability brings survivors together, hope keeps them going, and unity in purpose guides their path. The second basic principle:…
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January 11, 2012

Zombie Attack Pt 1 // Unite

I'm prepared for whatever 2012 might bring even if it's a zombie apocalypse.  The more I research, the more I discover that a good portion of the population is ready for such a catastrophe.  I've found countless videos and books on weapon selection, outfitting vehicles, zombie-proof fortresses, and all kinds of survival techniques.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) in…
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January 1, 2012

First Steps Reading Plan

This past October we started a 28-day challenge in youth group featuring the First Steps Bible Reading Plan.  The challenge was to spend 28 minutes each day broken into 7 minute chunks of reading, praying, and journaling.  It went so well that I continue to send group texts and post the daily challenge on Twitter and Facebook and we just…
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June 7, 2011

Youth Group Games Pt 1

Finding games for youth group is usually more difficult than putting together a worship set, small group questions, or even a message.  We all know there's a ton of resources for great games, but so many of the games are a little lame.  Games that work for us are highly active, involve everyone, and have a false sense of danger.…
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January 24, 2011

Schooled-2010

Schooled is a series we did for 10 weeks near the end of the school year.  We used the book Essential Theology by Andrew Hedges as the outline for discussion and speaking.  It offered some good questions and illustrations for small groups.  The Schooled graphics came from Stuff I Can Use, a website with a number of other graphic and…
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January 24, 2011

Student Ministry Calendar

The American youth pastor has developed a reputation over the years of being disorganized.  This is due in large part to the fact that the average youth pastor is in fact disorganized.  I've talked with many fellow full-time pastors who oversee teen ministries at their church while fulfilling multiple other responsibilities.  Coupled with the increasing number of part-time or volunteer…
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December 15, 2010

Student Ministry Parent’s Guide

Anytime a parent signs up their teen for sports or even a new school year, the school administration has all the dates, times, and financial expectations laid out for them to see.  I wanted parents in our student ministry to be able to have the information for an entire year of "programming" in their hands at the start of the…
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April 26, 2010

Faith the size of a flower seed

We're in a series in youth group called "Schooled".  The whole premise of these 10 weeks is that God is real and at work in His creation.  To prove the point, we had each of our small groups fill a 2 foot planter with flower (annuals) seeds.  Flowers springing up from seeds is a small reminder that God is still…
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April 1, 2010

Lake Geneva Summer Camp

I know it's only April 1st, but today's weather sure made it feel like summer.  With summer comes teen camp and this year will be a different experience than the last seven years we've been there.  The biggest difference is that we're only there for 10 days instead of 30... and we'll also be there serving in a different capacity...…
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March 24, 2010

Reggie Recap

(Here is an article I wrote for a Youth Alive newsletter about our Reggie Dabbs Outreach two weeks ago on March 10th)  It was picture perfect.  Everything I had hoped for and yet it was still beyond what I imagined.  Over one hundred teens and parents left their seats to come to the front of the auditorium to be prayed…
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September 19, 2009

Taylor Falls

We couldn't have asked for a better weekend for camping. We are with the teens from our church and leaders for fall retreat. Mark, Charlie, and I hiked to the top of the bluffs that overlook the St Croix River Valley. What an awesome view!
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August 6, 2009

Valleyfreek Day!

It was another fun day hanging out with the freeks at Valleyfair.  We are blessed to have such an awesome group of students.  We're super excited to see what God's got in store for us in the fall.
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October 30, 2008

Abandoned Teens

This constantly updating story breaks my heart - teenagers being abandoned at hospitals in Nebraska legally because of their poorly worded safe-haven law.  Another one was left this week at a hospital in Omaha... the 24th since September 1st.  Nebraskan lawmakers are set to fix their mistake on November 14th.  Can you imagine making a mistake like that and being…
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October 13, 2008

Rumors

There are entire websites devoted to rumors... most notably the rumors that float around the possible release of an Apple product. A few times a year, they have an Apple Event and Steve Jobs speaks at a conference and reveals the latest product. It's fun to watch people talk about what it might be. And then there all the "photos"…
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