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Youth Specialties Blog
Over 300 Writers Advancing Youth Ministry #AYM


December 16, 2017

By: Scott Talley

Top Ten list for Christmas Ideas with Youth

10. Doing an Emoji Christmas Story Night Emoji’s have become an official language in the United…

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December 14, 2017

By: Keith Krispin

5 Ways to Unify Your Team

I’ve had the privilege to be part of a few wonderful student ministry teams. We enjoyed,…

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Big Ideas About Youth Ministry

December 13, 2017

By: chrisschaffner

Teen Gender Dysphoria and Christmas Shopping

LGBTQIA+ orientations are a difficult topic to discuss, especially within the such a theologically diverse tribe…

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December 12, 2017

By: Dan Istvanik


I sat on the other side of his desk.   I was new and it was just…

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Big Ideas About Youth Ministry

December 11, 2017

By: Tim Barnes

Refugee Realities

A Little Girl in a Refugee Camp My colleague and I were walking along the rough…

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December 10, 2017

By: Rachel Dodd

Peace: The Second Candle of Advent

This Advent season I’m challenging those of us in ministry to take a few minutes each…

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Big Ideas About Youth Ministry

December 9, 2017

By: Gloria Lee

Empowering Teens to be World-Changers

How do we unleash leadership potential in teens? Many churches desire youths to step up and…

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Big Ideas About Youth Ministry

December 7, 2017

By: Dan Istvanik

The Whole In The Middle

“He answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul…

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Big Ideas About Youth Ministry

December 6, 2017

By: Matthew Overton

Let There Be Drones?!

One of the most enjoyable things about trying to do youth ministry through the medium of…

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December 5, 2017

By: Corey Jones

What Are The Odds?

“What are the odds?” is a really fun game you can play with your students. Here’s…

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