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1Q interview: Your Favorite Advent Ideas

By Jacob Eckeberger on November 18 2014

1Q interview: Your Favorite Advent Ideas

1Q interviews are when we ask multiple youth pastors the same question and share their response. This particular 1Q interview is all about teaching students about Advent. Original photo provided by tinkerlog. Seasons like Advent are filled with opportunities for students to interact with scripture in unique ways. But sometimes we need some new ideas. I reached out to three incredible youth workers to see if they would share some of their…Read More


  • Why Spiritual Direction?

    By Youth Specialties on November 16 2014

    Why Spiritual Direction?

    We are excited to share this post from Beth Slevcove, who is one of our NYWC spiritual directors and we're thrilled to have her guiding more prayer experiences at NYWC Atlanta!  Original photo from Tau Zero. When I first heard the term “spiritual direction,” I thought, “I don’t need anyone to be directing…Read More

  • Theological Understanding for Youth Ministry

    By Mark Matlock on November 16 2014

    Theological Understanding for Youth Ministry

    The following is a linked post from our good friends at YouthWorker.com. We're proud to call Youth Worker Journal the official magazine of YS! Original photo provided by Marc Wathieu. Prior to considering myself a youth minister, I always felt those who served teens were different than other ministers, probably…Read More

  • Trending This Week (Nov 14)

    By Jacob Eckeberger on November 13 2014

    Trending This Week (Nov 14)

    Every Friday we pull our favorite links from across the inter-webs. This week's trending links include thoughts on media messages, steps to improve the environment of your youth ministry, helping students engage their cities, caring for those around us, and plenty of fuel for your procrastination. Blogs From YouthSpecialties.com This Week Stephen…Read More

  • The Truth Shall Make You Odd

    By Youth Specialties on November 11 2014

    The Truth Shall Make You Odd

    The following is a repost of an article pulled out of the YS Vault and was previously published here.  What characterizes Christianity in the modern world is its odd-ness. Christianity is home for people who are out of step, unfashionable, unconventional and counter-cultural. As Peter says, "strangers and aliens."  I…Read More

  • Ministry That Launches

    By Youth Specialties on November 09 2014

    Ministry That Launches

    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 provided by NASA. Starting Right Wanting to equip the seniors in your ministry? Great! Want to do so…Read More

  • Trending This Week (Nov 7)

    By Jacob Eckeberger on November 06 2014

    Trending This Week (Nov 7)

    Every Friday we pull our favorite links from across the inter-webs. This week's trending links include how we can learn from disappointment, an interview with Taylor Swift, doing youth ministry with the most exhausted generation in history, the number one reason why teens keep their faith, and plenty of fuel…Read More

  • What Can Muslim Youth Work Teach Us?

    By Youth Specialties on November 04 2014

    What Can Muslim Youth Work Teach Us?

    We are excited to share this post from Len Kageler, who is one of our NYWC speakers and we're thrilled to have him with us at NYWC Atlanta for 3 seminars!  Original photo by Gisella Klein. Don’t immediately throw stones at me when I say this, but I think the rise of…Read More

  • Assessing the Health of Your Ministry

    By Jacob Eckeberger on November 02 2014

    Assessing the Health of Your Ministry

    On the Idea Lab stage at NYWC in Sacramento, I had the pleasure of interviewing our very own Brian Aaby who serves as the director of YS Search and YS Coaching. Brian took a few minutes to share some key ways to assess the health of your ministry and some insight for…Read More

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