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Square Peg Round Hole

A few days before Christmas I found myself in my bedroom with my wife staring at wrapping paper, tape, scissors and some gifts that needed to be wrapped. I had volunteered to help Misha wrap the gifts for the kids. I was only about 5 minutes into the project and had only wrapped two presents and I was done both mentally and physically. I’m the worst gift wrapper ever. I don’t enjoy it and when I’m done it looks like…

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Student Ministry

The Chaperone Syndrome

Y You feel like you just walked into a middle school dance.  You see them lined up agains the back wall.  They aren’t the tough eighth grade boys.  They aren’t the shy girls afraid to dance.  You just stepped into the youth room for youth group and there you see them, the chaperones. Here is the mistake that happens often in student ministry: we recruit adult volunteers and don’t cast the vision or make the expectations clear.

 When adults view…

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The Bottleneck of Student Ministry

I have been blessed to be part of a church with a heart to serve.  Our church culture is geared towards ministry.  Over eighty percent of our church members serve on a ministry team.  This didn’t happen overnight but has become part of who we are and all new members know that to serve is an expectation of our members. Recently I took some vacation time.  I mostly hung out around home but did take a few day road trip…

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Longevity Celebrated

Last night our youth ministry team met at a local Mexican restaurant to eat dinner together following our youth group gathering.  It was a “dinner meeting” but actually we secretly planned this to celebrate a win.  One of our teammates (we will just call her “Marie”) has served on the YM team for ten plus years.  We saw that as an opportunity to thank her for her ministry and to celebrate her longevity on the team.

  Marie is more of…

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