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  • A Map Unto My Feet
    September 18, 2023 Chris Carpenter

    A Map Unto My Feet

    As one does, this past Christmas, we took a trip to visit family. I expected the time to be filled with family game nights, lots of outdoor winter activities, and dinners filled with laughter while retelling childhood hi-jinx. I did...

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  • 4 Signs You Prize Your Students
    September 5, 2023 Kegan Shoemaker

    4 Signs You Prize Your Students

    How many times have you thought about giving up in Youth Ministry? If you have at least once, trust that you are in good company. The exhaustion and challenges of youth ministry can sow doubt in your calling, regret in...

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  • The Intimidation Game
    August 21, 2023 Marie Bollig

    The Intimidation Game

    LISTEN TO THIS ARTICLE: Have you ever noticed we talk to people’s dogs before we talk to people? Have you ever seen a cute dog on a walk or at a cafe and done the baby talk and approach for...

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  • Stewarding Your Budget Well
    August 8, 2023 Josh Haight

    Stewarding Your Budget Well

    LISTEN TO THIS ARTICLE: For many pastors, the call to ministry was born from a desire to teach Scripture, point students to Christ, and encourage them to fall in love with Jesus and His Church for a lifetime. Then, you...

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  • A Long Cold Wait
    July 31, 2023 Chris Carpenter

    A Long Cold Wait

    LISTEN TO THIS ARTICLE: Growing up, my family spent a lot of Christmases in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It’s an amazing time to be there if you like the snow and all the outdoor activities that come along with...

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  • Keep Up But Don't Compete
    July 11, 2023 Marie Bollig

    Keep Up But Don't Compete

    LISTEN TO THIS ARTICLE: Hitch: “What is the objective?” Albert: Speaks timidly, “To shock and awe.” Hitch: “That was shockingly awful! What is the objective?!” Albert: Louder and with more feeling, “To shock and awe!”  Sometimes we need a life coach as good...

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  • From Burnout to the Basics
    July 3, 2023 Travis Hodges

    From Burnout to the Basics

    LISTEN TO THIS ARTICLE: It’s finally Wednesday night, and there’s only one thing that could mean. It’s time for your next youth service! You’ve poured as much time and energy as you could find into planning tonight’s event. The team of...

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