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In a recent episode of the podcast “This American Life,” reporter Emanuele Berry tells the story of her ongoing work to bring depth to her once splintered relationship with her father. For much of Berry’s life, that relationship lacked true depth. Their conversations, although regular, consisted of nothing more than “basketball pleasantries.” “Did you watch…

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Our friends at Mockingbird publish a quarterly magazine, and this summer’s issue focuses on the family. It does what Mockingbird does best: challenge, comment, entertain, and delight, all the while directing readers to examine the role of law and grace in their lives and lifting our gaze to Jesus. The variety of perspectives, styles, and…

The post HTH: The Mockingbird Family Issue appeared first on Rooted Ministry.

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It was a hot and sunny day in the octagon. The energy was palpable as matches completed and quickly restarted. There were a plethora of interesting characters, all present to test their metal: The Flash, Captain America, Beanie Boy, and Squishy Muffins to name a few. The crowds swelled to cheer on their favorite competitors.…

The post The Unexpected Places Where Students Encounter the Church appeared first on Rooted Ministry.

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As a youth minister or parent, it is easy to feel alone in navigating your kids in the direction of spiritual truth. In a world of digital communication and technology, there seems to be a lack of opportunities to physically come together, learn from each other, and receive encouragement in your calling to point your…

The post Why You Should Attend the Rooted 2019 Conference: Fellowship and Community appeared first on Rooted Ministry.

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We are always in danger of what Stephen Covey called the tyranny of the urgent. In youth ministry, this often means we run from meeting to meeting: with students in crisis, with anxious parents, with timid leaders and church members. We are constantly racing to get things done. Ordering pizza. Planning events. Teaching. Eating pizza.…

The post Multiplying Leaders To Disciple Students appeared first on Rooted Ministry.

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Check out this excellent article on the Spiritual Grit blog (guest written by John Song), about the most common spiritual misconceptions our teenagers carry around with them. How can we – as youth ministers and parents – enter into those misconceptions and view them as growth opportunities?

The post HTH: 4 Spiritual Misconceptions Teens Face in Youth Group appeared first on Rooted Ministry.

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When my oldest son Mac was applying to colleges, one school required that he write a 150-word essay about something that outraged him. He came to me wondering what he should write about: Racism? Human trafficking? The opioid crisis? The possibilities were numerous and depressing, as was the looming fact that at age seventeen, he…

The post Sanctification By Sibling: Seven Encouragements for the Parents Who Love Them appeared first on Rooted Ministry.

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There is no lack of songs for worship leaders and youth pastors to use in our local churches. We have easier access to music through digital downloads, streaming, and convention physical copies than ever before. The availability of music that can build up Christians in the faith is a gift, but it also means youth…

The post Singing the Gospel: Three Questions for Worship Song Selection appeared first on Rooted Ministry.

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I just finished reading Michael McGarry’s new book A Biblical Theology of Youth Ministry: Teenagers in the Life of the Church (Randall House Academic, 2019). Simply put, thisis one of the more surprising books I’ve ever read. I am no longer a youth minister, and so I did not expect a youth ministry book to…

The post The Top Five Reasons to Read A Biblical Theology of Youth Ministry (Even if You Aren’t a Youth Minister) appeared first on Rooted Ministry.

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One of the best parts about college is that you can have late night conversations without your parents telling you to go to bed. These conversations, while often enjoyable and filled with laughter, aren’t always so. In one, I listened to a friend of mine tell me about how he was frustrated in his efforts…

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