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Created on Friday, 21 November 2014 / Community
Tags: Rick Warren, biblical community, blocks, cohesiveness, intentional, small groups, micro-communities, church family, fellowships, interest groups, humility, honesty, mercy, unity, confidentiality
Churches must grow larger and smaller at the same time. The larger a church gets, the more intentional it has to be about being smaller, and small groups are the ideal way to create micro-communities within ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 10 October 2014 / Youth
Tags: Terrace Crawford, Christ, Millennials, prayers, teens, youth, students, purpose, friendships, passion, character, purity, money, submission, honor, spiritual growth
I've seen the Lord doing some amazing things in the lives of teenagers this year. I know it's because of the work of God and the result of prayer. Call me crazy, but I believe this generation of students ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 06 October 2014 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, students, youth group, freshmen, party, 10 minutes, gospel, follow-up plan, returner
Have you ever had students show up to youth group, and they look like a deer caught in headlights? They know no one, and feel super awkward. We've definitely experienced this in our ministry, and especially ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Chuck Bomar, target, millennials, label, attraction, church, perspective, generations, denominations, college students, older generations, dehumanize
Some leaders try to figure out what attracts younger people to a church. But it's another thing to actually provide belonging for them. Let's look at that from a little different perspective. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, preschool, early childhood, ministry, church, childcare, elementary, pre-ten, students, culture, chapel, nursery, Bible, songs, God's Word
How important is the preschool/early childhood ministry in your church? Many people think preschool ministry is simply "childcare" and not as important as elementary, pre-teen or student ministry. This ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Joe McKeever, disciples, evangelism, Christian workers, assignment, preaching, Great Commission, heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons, Jesus, Paul, Silas, gospel, bold, confident, peac
"Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; therefore, be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves" (Matt. 10:16). This is a brief Bible study. (Just so you'll know. Smiley-face here.) For ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, Saddleback Church, youth, pastor, lessons, learning, teachable, flexible, extra mile, attitude, students, authority, Jesus, time
Being in youth ministry, I've had the privilege of learning a lot. And, I can honestly say out of all the things I've learned, there are some lessons that I feel will never cease to teach me. When I started ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 11 August 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, children, ministry, volunteers, praying, vision casting, student ministry leaders, entry-level positions, teaching, worship leading
Don't have enough volunteers?  It may be because of one or more of these reasons. 1. You're not asking. You're not inviting people to join your team. Week in, week out, you've got to invite, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 11 August 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, struggle, Sunday morning, worship, train wreck, stress, identity, Monday mornings, silence, pride, failure, presence of Jesus, limelight
When I woke up this morning, I was anxious. I didn't know who I was. No, not in a scary, schizophrenic kind of way. I wasn't at peace with who I was, my identity, and what I was called to do. Every morning ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 28 July 2014 / Youth
Tags: Ed Stetzer, Jesus, mission, trips, love, students, involvement, missionary, gospel proclamation
When we begin talking about mission, many people think of mission trips. That's not a bad thing. One of my most formative experiences was a youth mission trip among the poor in Prestonburg, Kentucky. Mission ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, Saddleback Church, student leaders, serve, Jesus, prayer, committed, grow, journey, struggle, expectations, influence, authority
A lot of times when we think of student leaders, we think of the students who are the elite of our ministry. And that is completely false. Student leaders are simply students who are committed to serving ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 19 June 2014 / Youth
Tags: Leneita Fix, Simply youth ministry, students, generalizations, awkward conversations, adults, video games, middle school, inclusive community, church, youth ministry
My son calls them, "Awkward conversations with adults." In an attempt for adults to make conversation with a teen boy the first question they often ask is, "What's your favorite video game?" It becomes ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 06 June 2014 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, students, information, education, expert, mental illness, self harm, The Huffington Post, Internet, ministry, leaders, suicide, abuse
As I continue to love on students and family through pastoral care, there are some things that I've had to become knowledgeable about. Because students and their families are dealing with these issues and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 30 May 2014 / Kingdom Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, revival, Great Awakening, United States, Africa, Asia, National Day of Prayer, Azusa Street Revival, Charismatic Movement, Pensacola, Latin America, Brazil, social media, communal ...
This past week I had a private dinner with a prominent African bishop who was involved in a mighty national awakening in Uganda. This dinner, and the fact that last week was the National Day of Prayer ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 / Education
Tags: Greg Surratt, multi-site campuses, teachers, Seacoast Church, preachers, primary, secondary, teams, student ministries, young adults, special events
I thought it might be of interest to address some frequent criticisms of multisite churches. Questions are good because they force us to examine what we do in light of Scripture and culture.  ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 05 May 2014 / Missions
Tags: Mission field, college students, summer, caution, earth, America, intentional, suggestion, opportunity, misconceptions, orphans, teaching, focus point, wisdom, connecting points, relationships
College ministry in the summer can be an interesting beast to tame. Some of our ministries aren’t really affected by the summer months; others blow up with all their college students coming back home, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 28 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Dan Reiland, leader, identity, questioned, misunderstood, price, John, testimony, John the Baptist, conventional, Elijah, stability, edgy, Jewish leaders, authority
When you lead the way, things won’t always go your way. This is especially true when you lead change, challenge the status quo or disrupt the normal patterns of life as people know them. Good leaders spend ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 14 April 2014 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, students, youth ministry, traits, characteristics, perseverance, humility, character, patience, compassion
I firmly believe that ultimately, as leaders, we lead by what we do whether we want to or not. We can be leading and speaking in one lane and living in another. Little do we know that our students, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 07 April 2014 / Counseling
Tags: Jonathan Cliff, books, Reggie Joiner, Andy Stanley, impactful, Tom Schefunus, kids, students, next generation, Michelle Anthony, George Barna, revolutionary parenting, Tom Rath, Kara Powell
When I’m talking with potential leaders, I’m usually investigating how much knowledge they have and how they learn. One great question is “What are you reading right now, and what books have impacted you ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 27 March 2014 / Culture
Tags: Justin Lathrop, sacred space, church, families, sex, marriage, divorce, money, addiction, doubt, mental illness, physical health, healing, identity, social justice
Sometimes we think church is supposed to be a sacred space, where we only talk about certain things or only address certain subjects. There are subjects we would talk about in our families, for example, ... [ +++ ]
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