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The 3 Foundations to Small Groups You Must Know

by Laurie Polich Posted in Adolescent DevelopmentArticlesAdviceFeatured ArticleFeatured ReviewHigh SchoolMiddle SchoolParentsProgrammingResource and Book ReviewsTrainingYouth Worker Development

Small groups are not the end of ministry; they are the beginning. Many youth workers believe that if they can get kids into small groups, their job is done. But the real job has just begun. Ministry is about life change, and for this to happen, there needs to be an intentional ap- proach to HOW small groups will nurture and shape students’ lives.   Exerpt from "Small Group Strategies" by Laurie Polich


Waking Up From The American Dream

by Jonathan McKee Posted in Adolescent DevelopmentArticlesAdviceFeatured ArticleFree ResourcesHigh SchoolMiddle SchoolMovie Study GuidesParentsProgrammingResource and Book ReviewsTrainingYouth Worker Development

It was over a decade ago. The kids were young. Ashley was still in diapers. We attended a wealthy church where most of our friends had loads of spending money in their pockets. We didn’t.


Do Your Teenagers Know How to Pray?

by Kara Powell and Brad Griffin Posted in Adolescent DevelopmentFeatured ArticleHigh SchoolMiddle SchoolParentsProgrammingResource and Book ReviewsTrainingYouth Worker Development

In a recent gathering of youth workers, we asked everyone (ourselves included) to take thirty minutes in solitude to consider the following about what prayer was like as a teenager: What helped you come alive to God? What disciplines sustained your faith? What do you remember about the content, frequency, and rhythms of your prayers?


An Interview with Jared Herd of XP3 Students

by Youth Specialties Posted in Featured ReviewResource and Book Reviews

At Youth Specialties we are always on the lookout for ministry resources that are excellent. While we love our own products we fully recognize that there are fantastic resources available to youth workers that aren't published by YS. Recently, I had the opportunity to catch-up with Jared Herd, the Creative Director of XP3 Students. XP3 has taken the idea of curriculum development for youth ministry to a whole different level of engagement with in-the-trenches youth workers. Here's my interview with Jared.


Interview: Global Youth Ministry

by Youth Specialties Posted in Featured ArticleResource and Book Reviews

Here at Youth Specialties, we are very excited about the release of Global Youth Ministry from Dr. Terry Linhart and Dr. Dave Livermore. With the United States becoming increasingly culturally diverse, we think there is a lot to be learned about our own local ministries when we take the time to discover…Read More


Book Review: Generous Justice

by Joel Mayward Posted in Featured ReviewResource and Book Reviews

When I first heard the statistic that over one billion people don't have access to clean drinking water, it floored me. When I see pictures or videos of the ponds and ditches that people use for drinking, cooking, and bathing, it breaks my heart. A resource that is found in incredible abundance--a necessity that I use nearly constantly without a second thought--is not even available to people? It doesn't seem fair.


Review: The Children of Divorce

by Joel Mayward Posted in Featured ReviewResource and Book Reviews

While I try to maintain boundaries on sharing the intimate details of my personal life on my blog, I cannot help but draw connections between my own story and Andrew Root's newest book, The Children of Divorce.   Root's premise is that divorce is not only a sociological or psychological upheaval, but that at its roots has ontological implications. Divorce affects our very sense of being in the world.


Review: Helping our Children Grow in Faith

by Sara Evanchick Posted in Featured ReviewResource and Book Reviews

Helping our Children Grow in Faith addresses an issue with which many of us in the church struggle: How can we nurture a faith in our children that they won’t outgrow? In this book, author Robert J. Keeley writes about making sure children develop a ‘three dimensional faith’. He addresses…Read More


Movie Review: Despicable Me

by Joel Mayward Posted in Featured ReviewResource and Book Reviews

It's a hard life being a villain in this economy. The banks won't give you loans for your evil plans to steal famous works of art or national monuments. There are pesky international laws that prevent the theft and usage of shrink rays. And there's the responsibility of taking care…Read More


Review: The Girl in the Orange Dress by Margot Starbuck

by Sara Evanchick Posted in Resource and Book Reviews

The Girl in the Orange Dress is an autobiographical novel by Margot Starbuck. Simply put, it's the story of her search for acceptance after years of feeling rejected. From the very first page, I was captivated by Margot's story. I found myself nodding as I read about her journey. While…Read More


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