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Mimicking The Church Down The Street

I remember it like it was yesterday. I loaded up my green Honda Civic, and headed…

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Depression and the Teens You Love

Seemingly every teenager on the planet rides a roller coaster of emotion that has twists and…

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Evangelism Series: Breaking The Mold

What Does Assume Spell? In grammar school, we learn to categorize people. The trouble starts when…

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The App Addicted Teen [infographic]

Teenagers are more connected today than at any point in human history. We find ourselves in…

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Creative Ministry on an Ice Cream Cone Budget

Having started out in youth ministry in a very small church with a very small budget,…

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Trending This Week (March 13)

Every week we pull our favorite links from across the inter-webs. This week’s trending links include…

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Evangelism Series: Toppling the Idol of Evangelism

We’re excited to share this Evangelism Series on the YS Blog! Over the next few weeks,…

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How to Transition Students Effectively

We’re just two months away from the end of the school year, where students enter and…

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Ministering To Teenagers With Disabilities – Part 2

Be sure to check out PART 1 before diving into these practical ideas. Some Things To…

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Welcome to the new YS site!

Our team has been working hard to bring you a new online experience for all things…

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March 27, 2015