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Trending This Week (Feb 27)

By Jacob Eckeberger on February 26 2015

Trending This Week (Feb 27)

Every week we pull our favorite links from across the inter-webs. This week's trending links include 3 ways to add creativity to your ministry, a litmus test for the health of youth ministry, student leadership basics, understanding the power of our words, and plenty of fuel for your procrastination.  Blogs From YouthSpecialties.com This Week Stephen Ingram shared "The Two Most Important Things I'm Doing in My Youth Ministry" - CLICK…Read More


  • Helping Students Wrestle With Mystery

    By Youth Specialties on February 25 2015

    Helping Students Wrestle With Mystery

    How do we respond when our teens ask, “Why does the Christian faith seem so strange and tough to figure out?” I agree that Christianity isn’t always easy to understand. There are many topics that are tough to grasp. The Bible does not shy away from mystery.   John, one…Read More

  • The Two Most Important Things I’m Doing in My Youth Ministry

    By Youth Specialties on February 23 2015

    The Two Most Important Things I’m Doing in My Youth Ministry

    We are fortunate to know so many incredible youth workers that are far wiser than we are and Stephen Ingram is one of them. Enjoy his guest blog post! I bet many, if not most, of you are reading this article looking to find a new technique, program or idea that will…Read More

  • Trending This Week (Feb 20)

    By Jacob Eckeberger on February 19 2015

    Trending This Week (Feb 20)

    Every week we pull our favorite links from across the inter-webs. This week's trending links include 4 truths when meeting with a parent, why teens should attend church-wide meetings, explaining Ash wednesday to kids, and plenty of fuel for your procrastination.  Blogs From YouthSpecialties.com This Week Brian Aaby looked back…Read More

  • Lint or Lent? How to Reconnect to the Experience

    By Youth Specialties on February 18 2015

    Lint or Lent? How to Reconnect to the Experience

    When you hear the word Lent what comes to mind? Lint or Lent? I’ve lived where Lent was what you found in your dryer or you belly button, not a season of the church year. And I’ve lived where every fast food sign was advertising fish sandwiches as a “Lenten…Read More

  • 20 Odd Lent Ideas For Your Students [Infographic]

    By Jacob Eckeberger on February 16 2015

    20 Odd Lent Ideas For Your Students [Infographic]

    Jacob Eckeberger is the Content and Community Manager at Youth Specialties, an itinerant worship leader, the spouse of a church planter, and a long time volunteer youth worker. You can find him at jacobeckeberger.com.

  • 5 Youth Pastor What Ifs

    By Youth Specialties on February 13 2015

    5 Youth Pastor What Ifs

    Original photo by Veronique Debord-Lazaro. I’m 23 years into my vocational youth ministry adventure. My outlook on the student ministry culture certainly took on different perspectives during these years. From the rookie years to the “seasoned veteran” years (which, in youth ministry, takes place around your late 20’s), I have…Read More

  • Trending This Week (Feb 13)

    By Jacob Eckeberger on February 12 2015

    Trending This Week (Feb 13)

    Every week we pull our favorite links from across the inter-webs. This week's trending links include a webinar for youth workers who are also parents, the biggest reason why parents don't think youth ministry is important, an open letter to insecurity, teaching faith to special needs children, and plenty of…Read More

  • Music - Ministry - Gospel: An Interview with Kings Kaleidoscope

    By Jacob Eckeberger on February 11 2015

    Music - Ministry - Gospel: An Interview with Kings Kaleidoscope

    I was introduced to King’s Kaleidoscope through their creative hymn arrangements in the 4 song release “Asaph’s Arrows.” A friend recently dropped their first full length record into my hands and after listening through “Becoming Who We Are” several times, I jumped at the chance to introduce them to the…Read More

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