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Students Doubting Their Faith

Tweet NAU Mark 9:24 Immediately the boy’s father cried out and said, “I do believe; help my unbelief.” Recently, many of my Christian students are entering the “doubting phase”.  I am a big advocate that all students take ownership of their faith.  It is one of my YM goals to encourage the mid-late adolescent to deconstruct the faith that has ...

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Strengths of Small Church Youth Ministry

what are the advantages of small youth ministries? Is the purposes driven model the best route for small youth ministries?

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A Spirit Led Youth Group

Tweet Clarifying two points within post: First,   I am NOT a cessationist and I am NOT a crazy charismatic that abuses the gifts.  Although, I am a charismatic that strongly subscribes to a healthy theology that affirms the supernatural gifts and believes they should be present in and out of youth group.  I am a seat belt charismatic. Second, when ...

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Youth Group as a Tribe

Tweet Every adolescent in the USA longs for community, belonging, and a sense of identity. Therefore, I am arguing that youth group needs to function as a tribe that is a safe and welcoming community and has a vibrant and distinct culture. Chris Folmsbee in A New Kind of Youth Ministry talks about this idea of “reculturing”. He suggest we ...

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Dealing With Suicide

Tweet Today’s child has become the unwilling, unintended victim of overwhelming stress–the stress borne of rapid, bewildering social change and constantly rising expectations. David Elkind, The Hurried Child Each year in the U.S., thousands of teenagers commit suicide. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15-to-24-year-olds, and the sixth leading cause of death for 5-to-14-year-olds. Obviously, as youth ...

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