Author Archives: Faith & Fellowship

Embracing the Mess

Embracing the Mess 2.0 – A low-cost and disgustingly good time Please note: This post originally was made available in the summer of 2012 at http://clbnetwork.org/2012/08/13/embracing-the-mess/ The following is a slightly updated version of that post with new game ideas. I know a few of our churches do an annual disgusting messy event. When I

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Gospel or Gimmick?

All of us do certain things to pull teens in to our ministries? Right? I guess I could be wrong about that too, but that’s the hunch I’m going to run with. Maybe before I jump into where I’m going, I will ask if you remember the book “The Purpose-Driven Youth Ministry” by Doug Fields

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Give Me Sunday

Give me Sunday! It’s been a while since I’ve done any writing and I’ve been storing a blog post in my head for awhile. We had our second conference call about 6 weeks ago and the nature of our call was to discuss different ways that we guard our lives. We talked about everything from

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Getting the Word Out

I really don’t like listening to myself nor do I like to watch videos of myself, but I do enjoy sharing ideas and throwing out stuff for discussion so in light of that, I’ll overlook my disdain for viewing myself and say that most of this post’s content comes in a video that was shot

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Traction

A year ago, I went to a graduation party for one of our high school seniors and I parked my wife’s car on the dirt road that was in front of this student’s house. Well, my wife and daughter got out of the car and walked in but I was convinced I could get a

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Event Planning

A friend of ours in youth ministry asked me a few weeks back if I could name the process I try to follow as I plan events. Before I go down that road, it seems uber-important to speak to why I do events. 1. Events can easily allow students to invite friends which in turn builds

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Getting In Walt’s Head

Getting in Walt’s Head The following is a four-part series of notes based on the seminars Walt Mueller offered at IPBC in September of 2012. The Digital Brain Session/Friday night’s Notes If you are in youth ministry, then chances are you’ve read something that Walt Mueller has written. Walt is one of the premier experts

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Games for the Win

5 + 5: Games for the Win 5 older games 1. Four Corners ?”It”? counts to 20 or whatever in a four-cornered room and everyone picks a corner to stand in and they have to be in that corner by the time ?”It”? reaches 20. Then “it” chooses one of the corners and everyone in

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Fundraising

A few weeks ago we had a conference call on fundraising and I wanted to write right away but it just didn’t happen. Now I think I know why. I had a fundraising dinner this weekend and we put all we could into it and our attendance was 60% of what we had planned and

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