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Youth Specialties Blog
Over 300 Writers Advancing Youth Ministry #AYM

Big Ideas About Youth Ministry

February 19, 2018

By: Tony Akers

Managing Momentum in Youth Ministry

Growing up as a kid in rural Indiana, our winters gave our neighborhood gang of kids…

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February 9, 2018

By: Justin Knowles

Practical Steps On How To Kill “That Thing” In Your Ministry

We all have that one program, event, that we are running in which at some point…

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Big Ideas About Youth Ministry

February 7, 2018

By: chrisschaffner

How Rape Culture Is Implanted In Boys At An Early Age

Just turn on the news and you will see stories from the #metoo and #churchtoo movement. This movement is…

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Big Ideas About Youth Ministry

January 31, 2018

By: Dan Istvanik

We Need Pitchers Not Belly Itchers!

Do you remember the old, school-yard baseball game chant – “We need a pitcher not a…

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Big Ideas About Youth Ministry

January 26, 2018

By: chrisschaffner

Trauma-Informed Youth Ministry

I went to a training on creating trauma-informed systems of care. I was impacted by the…

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January 22, 2018

By: Denny Burda

New Year New Budget: What To Do First

For most of us in youth ministry January marks the new budget season. For some of…

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Big Ideas About Youth Ministry

January 21, 2018

By: Tori Mick

Don’t Forget The Skills

My first foray into adding life skills into our youth ministry happened at a previous church…

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January 19, 2018

By: Justin Knowles

6 Signs You’re An Immature Leader

We all need to grow in leadership. It’s something you will never arrive at. It’s something…

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Big Ideas About Youth Ministry

January 18, 2018

By: Kyle Hoffsmith

Praying for Biblical Appetites

Many people thank God for their food, which they are about to eat, in their prayers…

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Big Ideas About Youth Ministry

January 13, 2018

By: Justin Knowles

Big Numbers…Whoop-dee-doo!

Can we just be honest? At the big event we get the shot that shows the…

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March 07, 2018

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