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Youth Ministry Blog by Rick Lawrence - 2d ago

We all know that a cockroach is hard to kill… After the atomic-bomb blasts in Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II, the military reported that the only living things to survive the blast zone were these disgusting little pests.…

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“I still tell people about how great and accepting our youth group was,” a 30-year-old recently shared with me. When I was his youth pastor years ago, “Mike” never took the big step of becoming a Christian. Back then he described himself as an atheist-meets-Wiccan.…

The post Five Ways to Respond to Teenagers’ Doubts appeared first on YouthMinistry.com.

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Every summer I have a unique opportunity to spend time with teenagers. I organize short-term volunteers, mission groups, and interns under 18 to come serve at our inner-city ministry. So I get to hang out with young people from all over America and from a variety of backgrounds, denominations, and family situations.…

The post Effective Strategies for Confronting Blank Stares appeared first on YouthMinistry.com.

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The world is currently facing an epidemic with anxiety, depression, and suicide. While the most recent generations are the most affluent ever, something is still missing. What would it look like to turn our attention toward Jesus for the answer?
Join Rick and his daughter Lucy for a series exploring the essential questions everyone has and the ways Jesus can answer them.…

The post (Podcast) Essential Questions—Will Everything Be Okay? appeared first on YouthMinistry.com.

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I was born on the front pew of a church during a Sunday night worship service. Before I could say momma, I said Jesus. Enough exaggerating. I wasn’t born on a pew, but I was born a preacher’s daughter. Going to church was more important than anything else in our world.…

The post Church Kids: helping teens fall in love with a familiar God. appeared first on YouthMinistry.com.

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Every small group has some genuinely quirky personalities. I know because I’ve been one of them. In high school, I accepted a friend’s invitation to his youth group. Then he wanted me to check out his small group. Each member had a perceptibly unique influence on the conversation about God and life, but somehow the diversity worked.…

The post How to Embrace the Diverse Personalities in Small Groups appeared first on YouthMinistry.com.

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In our physical lives, there can be a tendency to base our happiness and freedom on the materialism in front of us. But what if there is something more permanent, beyond this world and everything in it, that we can experience by investing in a relationship with Jesus and the kingdom of heaven? …

The post (Podcast) Essential Questions—Is This All There Is? appeared first on YouthMinistry.com.

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People can spend their whole lives searching for meaning in their lives. Although we all have different answers to what matters to us, what would it look like to look to Jesus to help us feel truly alive?  
Join Rick and Becky for a series exploring the essential questions everyone has and the ways Jesus can answer them. …

The post (Podcast) Essential Questions—What Is the Meaning of Life? appeared first on YouthMinistry.com.

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Whenever bad things happen, we can’t help but wonder, why? Though it can be difficult to look beyond the why, what would it look like to focus on the lessons Jesus reveals to us during these times?
Join Rick for a new series exploring the essential questions everyone has and the ways Jesus can answer them. …

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You need a break, right?
Of course you do. The struggle is real.
Ministry is hard and demanding. You’re running a church-within-the-church that likely has its own worship team, small group ministry, administrative needs, and teaching cycle. Toss in the larger church calendar, and you’re one busy youth worker.…

The post Scaling Back or Scaling Up for the Summer? appeared first on YouthMinistry.com.

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