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1Q interview: Balancing Family & Ministry

By Jacob Eckeberger on August 19 2014

1Q interview: Balancing Family & Ministry

Original photo by HomespotHQ. More and more I hear youth workers struggling with a rhythm of life that allows them to balance their family and the needs of ministry. In this 1Q interview, I asked 3 incredible youth workers to offer some practical insight by responding to this question: "What practical ways do you balance family and ministry?"   Brandi Manes is the Director of Youth Ministries at First United Methodist…Read More


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    By Youth Specialties on August 17 2014

    5 Keys to Effective Campus Ministry

    We are fortunate to know so many incredible youth workers that are far wiser than we are and Jody Livingston is one of them. We're excited to share this guest post from Jody.  Original photo by Kevin Dooley. Ah, the school campus. It is the ultimate aspiration of Youth Ministry. Funny isn’t…Read More

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    By Jacob Eckeberger on August 14 2014

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    Every Friday we pull our favorite links from across the inter-webs. This week's trending links include back to school prep, a discussion about how marketing shapes kids, another DYM Webshow, tips for recruiting volunteers, and plenty of fuel for your procrastination.  Blogs From YouthSpecialties.com This Week Tic Long discusses leadership and how…Read More

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    By Youth Specialties on August 12 2014

    What you are doing is not good!

    We are fortunate to know so many incredible youth workers that are far wiser than we are and Matt Larkin is one of them. We're excited to share this guest post from Matt.  Original photo by Steve Day. Years ago, I stumbled upon a verse in Exodus that impacted me more than…Read More

  • YS Idea Lab: How To Lead Well

    By Youth Specialties on August 10 2014

    YS Idea Lab: How To Lead Well

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  • Trending This Week (Aug 8)

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    By Youth Specialties on August 05 2014

    YS Roundtable: How to help teens who don’t believe in God

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  • Forgot to prep for small group? 7 Helpful Ideas

    By Josh Griffin on August 03 2014

    Forgot to prep for small group? 7 Helpful Ideas

    Original photo by Jah. It’s the night your small group is meeting and the day has gotten away from you. You didn’t have time to prepare anything. You can’t just walk in turn it into a game night because students come to small group to learn right? What do you…Read More

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