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Divergent in Five Minutes (Spoilers!)

Divergent in Five Minutes (Spoilers!)

Another insanely popular teen novel is being made into a movie much to the delight of your reading teens and their non reading friends who are ready to see what their friends have been gushing about for the past couple of years.  The goal here is to give you an overview of the book and some talking points with students ...

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What I Learned at Perkins School of Youth Ministry 2014

What I Learned In Certification My First Year

It is that time of year again.  The time where I assess what I got out of my favorite training event for youthworkers.  PSYM has been around for 26 years.  One of the founders, my friend Rev. Walt Marcum still teaches.  I wasn’t there at the start but I got there as soon as I could.  So after 23 years, ...

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What I Learned at the National Youth Workers Convention

  It was a great honor to be a part of The Youthworker Movement’s Seminars at NYWC in Nashville.  I appreciate the partnership with the good folks at Youth Specialties especially my friend Mark Matlock but most importantly Mindi Godfrey who made it possible to live out the vision of allowing us time and space to meet with our general ...

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Join Us @ NYWC for Youthworker Movement Seminars on Friday and Saturday!

  The Youthworker Movement Team is so excited to be holding our first ever general membership meeting thanks to the generosity of Youth Specialties!  If you will be in Nashville at NYWC this weekend plan to join us once a day and still take advantage of all the other great stuff happening during all the other times of the convention. ...

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3 Quick Youth Challenges to Bring the Thanks and the Giving Back to Thanksgiving

  The jack-o’-lanterns and costumes have been put away, the candy bowls are slowly emptying…it must be time for Christmas, right?  The stores are filled with garlands and Christmas carols, the pre-Christmas sales are beginning.   Let’s face it, this is a busy time of year and it is tempting to rush through the holidays.  Before we get ahead of ...

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The Birth of The Messiah

I really like reading the Bible.  I find my faith grows as I read devotionally, as I read in community with others in a study, and as I read while exploring great scholarship so that I can grasp the context and meaning at deeper levels.  During Advent this year I am working with both adults and youth thinking through the ...

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Behind the Scenes with Old Saint Nick

The person known as Santa to us has developed over many years, coming through a merger/acquisition between Sinterklass and Father Christmas inc. in western Europe after Sinterklass’ fame surged as a result of a book highlighting his exploits in the 19th century. There was of course the dark period when Sinterklaas was outlawed in the 16th and 17th century mainly ...

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How to Not Eat Pizza for 2 Months

Feeding the masses at your youth group gathering but out of fresh menu ideas?  Meal planning for a retreat?  Or are you looking for an easy menu list to pass out to the parents who graciously volunteered to make snack supper for the youth group? It’s okay to admit it – are you just plain tired of pizza?  Try these ...

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10 Quick-Prep Activities for Super-Small Groups

Can you have fun and learn about God with just a couple of people? Whether you’re a big church youth group leader looking to make things smaller and more personal through small groups, or it just happens that on Wednesday only 2-3 youth showed up, or your entire youth group qualifies as a single “small group” at best, everyone can ...

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