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5 Reasons To Be Excited About NYWC

By Youth Specialties on September 21 2014

5 Reasons To Be Excited About NYWC

Each year, thousands of youth workers from all across the country get together for these crazy gatherings called the National Youth Worker Convention. It’s a unique time for a truly unique kind of person—the youth worker. NYWC is a time when youth workers are challenged, encouraged, and supported in their ministry of leading students to find and follow Jesus. There’s plenty to be excited about and to increase that excitement,…Read More


  • Trending This Week (Sept 19)

    By Jacob Eckeberger on September 18 2014

    Trending This Week (Sept 19)

    Every Friday we pull our favorite links from across the inter-webs. This week's trending links include a warning against labels, reasons why you should start fundraising for summer events now, a critical look at your capacity for quality relationships, signs you've waited too long to network, and plenty of fuel…Read More

  • Is Adolescence New?

    By Youth Specialties on September 16 2014

    Is Adolescence New?

    We are excited to share this post from Crystal Kirgiss and we're thrilled that she'll be at both NYWC Sacramento and NYWC Atlanta!  Original photo by Shanna Riley. Last year, a blogger wrote about adolescence, calling it a “modern plague” that – (thank goodness) – has a cure. He said: “Back in the old…Read More

  • The Blessing of Small

    By Youth Specialties on September 14 2014

    The Blessing of Small

    We are fortunate to know so many incredible youth workers that are far wiser than we are and Stephen Ingram is one of them. We're excited to share this guest post from Stephen.  Original photo by Flee. I work in a big church. I mean a really big church. My church has…Read More

  • Trending This Week (Sept 12)

    By Jacob Eckeberger on September 11 2014

    Trending This Week (Sept 12)

    Every Friday we pull our favorite links from across the inter-webs. This week's trending links include a guide for parents during the first 6 weeks of college, a look at how teens share self-harm content on social media, some encouragement during the messy times in ministry, and of course all…Read More

  • Spiritual Parthenogenesis

    By Youth Specialties on September 09 2014

    Spiritual Parthenogenesis

    We are excited to share this post from Mike Clifford and we're thrilled that he'll be at both NYWC Sacramento and NYWC Atlanta!  Original photo from Brian Talbot In the natural world, there is a phenomenon called parthenogenesis. Parthenogenesis is the process where an organism asexually reproduces due to environment or lack of a…Read More

  • Mark Matlock reviews “The Remaining”

    By Youth Specialties on September 08 2014

    Mark Matlock reviews “The Remaining”

    The Remaining is the latest in a line of movies based on Christian themes. There is no doubt that Hollywood has figured out that Christians are willing to come out for movies that promise what many Christians hope for in a film, an opportunity to share the Christian faith with…Read More

  • YS Idea Lab: Intergenerational Youth Ministry

    By Youth Specialties on September 07 2014

    YS Idea Lab: Intergenerational Youth Ministry

    Wayne Rice is the co-founder of Youth Specialties and has had such an incredible influence on the world of youth ministry. In this YS Idea Lab, Wayne shares about the importance of intergenerational ministry and some ideas to help make it happen in your church:  In case you don’t have…Read More

  • Trending This Week (Sept 5)

    By Jacob Eckeberger on September 04 2014

    Trending This Week (Sept 5)

    Every Friday we pull our favorite links from across the inter-webs. This week's trending links include thoughts about students becoming leaders, "doing time" in youth ministry, a really encouraging TED talk, ways to support your pastor, and plenty of fuel for your procrastination. Blogs From YouthSpecialties.com This Week The videos from our…Read More

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