Phil Cunningham joins the crew to talk about Steps of Justice and My Next Step Is.

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The regular crew discusses Adam McLane’s “Pop Culture Christianity” post, and Kenda Dean’s “Top 10 Characteristics of a Healthy Youth Ministry”.

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Lars Rood joins us to discuss the Princeton Forum on Youth Ministry and his upcoming book Youth Ministry on a Shoestring.

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Reimagining Calling

by Josh on April 23, 2011

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This post originally appeared in the Winter 2010-11 issue of “Youth and Christian Education Leadership.”

I remember the first time I sensed a call to ministry. It was in the Fall of 1997, and I was an awkward junior high student attending my very first church retreat. Around fifty of us were huddled in an old cabin at YMCA Camp Greenville in South Carolina, and our youth pastor had just delivered the final altar call of the weekend. I don’t remember what he said, or what the invitation was, but I left that altar at the end of the night confident that God had called me to spend my life working with teenagers.

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Episode 38: Signing Bonus

by Josh on April 19, 2011

This week Adam McLane joined us to discuss Youth Specialties’ big announcement, COLAs and how to not be afraid to talk about money.

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Episode 37: Neck Beards

by Josh on April 7, 2011

This week we talk about NYWC 2011, summer programming and Sara’s obsession with Star.Me.

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Episode 36: Matching T-Shirts

by Josh on April 5, 2011

This week our friend Don Rock joins us to talk about short-term mission trips. We cover how to train your team, planning your own trip vs. going with an organization, and how to follow up with teams after a trip.

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Episode 35: Bless Her Heart

by Josh on March 23, 2011

It’s a service planning extravaganza! Our thanks to Matt Roden of The People’s Church for joining us.

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In this week’s episode we talk about single-sex lunches for junior high students and working with protective parents.

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Episode 33: Sara Flowe!

by Josh on March 9, 2011

Sara’s back! This week we discuss honoring seniors and ministry assessment.

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