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Two truths and a lie in Youth Ministry

December 6, 2011    
Ben Read    

Most likely, you have played this game at one point or another in Youth Ministry, either while you yourself were a student or now that you are a leader. For those who haven’t, the way you play the game is that you go around the circle and each person tells three facts about themselves, two truths and one lie, and then the rest of the group must decide which of the three…    read more 

Be real not fake

December 6, 2011    
Josh Read    

Every time I am around a member of this student generation I am reminded of the biggest need they have. This generation just wants somebody to be real. Most of their life they have dealt with things being superficial or fake. In most cases their best relationships are with a keyboard of some sort. Let’s face it, they can end relationships just by hitting “un-friend” on social networking sites, and they never…    read more 

Free App for your Ministry

December 5, 2011    
Josh Read    

There is a lot of talk of Apps in Youth Ministry, what apps you use, what apps you have seen used, etc. Apps are everywhere, and they are amazing tools in the hands of Youth Pastors. But wouldn’t it be cool if your Ministry had its own App? The Folks at ROAR sure think so, and this Christmas, they are blessing 1,000 churches with free apps for their ministry. As Youth Pastors, we know…    read more 

Heading Home for the Holidays

December 5, 2011    
Josh Read    

Look great and feel great as you head home for the holidays. Original Crew Sweatshirt in Oatmeal Heather ($68), Banana Republic’s Wool Puffer Jacket ($198), Levi’s 501 Original Fit Jeans – Clean Shaven ($98), Levi’s Brushed Rugby Scarf ($38), Timberland Earthkeepers Plain Toe Chukka Boot ($150), and Nixon ‘The Manual II’ Bracelet Watch ($150)

How to ruin your life by 40

December 5, 2011    
Josh Read    

  There is not a single person who would answer yes, if asked the question, Do you want your life to be miserable when you are older? Yet the majority of young people engage in decisions every day that are leading to that very end. This is evidence of a great disconnect in modern thinking. There is a denial of the law of cause and effect. Many lies have penetrated the mind…    read more 

Filters

December 5, 2011    
Josh Read    

The vacuum wasn’t vacuuming this past week. I tried cleaning out the hose, pulled the junk out of the catch-basin, and did all the usual things, including cleaning out the filter that is very visible (and was very much in need of cleaning). But still – nothing. So I did what any man would do (at least a man who’s man enough to vacuum): I just kept trying to vacuum. If it…    read more 

5 Rules To Have A Great Twitter Chat

December 4, 2011    
Jeremy Smith    

We want to make this Twitter chat a huge success for everyone that participates. For some, it may be your first interaction with this medium in a forum type setting. The benefit of doing it this way is that it is public to anyone giving equal voice to all, while being organic in nature to complete the surveyed conversation. You can visit the post that has the questions to prepare for the…    read more 

In Thy Storehouse

December 4, 2011    
Josh Read    

There are riches in Thy storehouse, But my Lord we are so poor. There is power in Thy storehouse, But the cripple clothes our door. There is wisdom in Thy storehouse, But in ignorance we grope. There’s revival in Thy storehouse, But we’ve millions without hope. There is freedom in Thy storehouse, But Thy people are so bound. There is glory in Thy storehouse, But it does not shine around. There is…    read more 

Middle School Ministry: A Comprehensive Guide to working with Early Adolescents

December 3, 2011    
Ben Read    

Recently, I read through a simply phenomenal book, a “must read” for every Youth Worker who has any interaction with Middle Schoolers. I can’t speak highly enough about this book as the information covered is absolutely top notch and presented in such an amazingly educational way. I have always been a huge proponent of being a Life Long Learner and would argue that it is incredibly easy to get into a rut where…    read more