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Today’s youth: “Give me something to fight for!”

  As I write this the KONY 2012 video is about to break 72 million views.   By now you know the story of Invisible Children’s campaign and the passion of people who support it and the detractors who discredit the movement. Whether we condone it or reject it, few can deny what this that this… Read more »

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The faith of Soul Surfer

A few months ago, I was invited to a special pastor’s screening of the new faith based film, Soul Surfer, based on the life of Bethany Hamilton, a Christian teenager surfing champ whose life was dramatically changed by a shark attack. Like many Christian movies today, it arrived with heavy marketing to churches and leaders…. Read more »

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Contemplative Youth Ministry

This is one of the best books I’ve read in the past year about youth ministry. Mark Yaconelli (son of the famous youth worker Mike Yaconelli) presents a fresh perspective on youth ministry that focuses on helping kids engage with God through our presence rather than simply words and activity. From the book description: Youth… Read more »

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Do Hard Things

I recently purchased a whole stack of “Do Hard Things” for our youth leaders to read for this year as part of their training. It is a great book, written by two teenagers (brothers of Joshua Harris of “I Kissed Dating Goodbye” fame). The book basically challenges teens to look beyond the low expectations society… Read more »

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Asia’s growing influence on youth culture

Mark Oestreicher, the president of Youth Specialties, reflects on the rise of asian youth culture as a world influencer and its implications on the youth ministry in the west. The west is no longer the primary influencer of youth trends worldwide Asian youth culture’s influence is growing through technology as well as sheer population growth… Read more »

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Be a Local Hero – Interview with Aaron Shust

A good interview with Aaron Shust, who has a great hit single, My Savior, My God. Your have a huge radio single, topping several different charts, over 50,000 albums sold, numerous tours—were these aspirations you had? Shust: Maybe. If it were an aspiration, it was subconscious, subliminal. I have a lot of people coming to… Read more »

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100 Tips for youthworkers

Lots of good ideas, tips and tricks from Youth Specialties. Tip #22 Develop programs that reflect the needs, interests and energy level of the young people in your group, not the adults who work with them. Tip #45 Communicate availability. Don’t give your kids the impression that you’re too busy for them. Tip #57 Make… Read more »

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Do they run when they see you coming?

A great youth ministry resource in learning how to reach out and build bridges with kids outside of the church. The book begins the most important principle in ministry and evangelism – compassion, focusing on loving and accepting youth where they are. Some chapter titles: “I thought I already had compassion”, “Reaching, not repelling”, “Door… Read more »