Monthly Archives: August 2012

Recruiting Help is Still Changing

Five years ago this fall we released the first edition of The New Breed, claiming that volunteers are different… and the way we recruit and manage them needs to be different. Any youth worker, children’s worker, or volunteer manager of … Continue reading

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The “Right” Kind of Porn

People have described me as “edgy” at times when I speak, because I’m not afraid to talk about the uncensored truth. I’ve even offended a handful of ultra-conservative individuals when I shared my talk, “Sex Isn’t Naughty,” using scriptures like … Continue reading

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Reading… for Fun?

My wife loves reading. My girls really enjoy reading. I… I love movies. When I’m not speaking, training, or writing, I’m at my desk all day reading journals, articles and studies about youth culture, ministry or parenting. Being completely honest… … Continue reading

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Jeff Foxworthy, The Bible and Primetime

Normally I wouldn’t think that the words Jeff Foxworthy, the Bible and Primetime would be used in the same sentence… but tonight, they will be. Many of you have been hearing the buzz about the Game Show Network’s newest game … Continue reading

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Deciding If Hunger Games Is Appropriate

Are parents preparing their kids to make good media decisions… or just over-protecting them? Last weekend I sat with a young couple who were trying to decide whether the box office smash Hunger Games, now on blu-ray and DVD, is … Continue reading

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A Peek at Today’s Music

Have you looked at the music charts lately? Allow me to give you a quick glimpse. This weekend I’m flying to Albuquerque, NM to teach my Parenting the Texting Generation workshop. During the beginning of those workshops I always give … Continue reading

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The Final 2 Principles for Newbie Youth Pastors

How should a brand new youth pastor begin his or her job in ministry? That’s the subject we’ve been talking about in my last few blog posts, starting with your advice to “Neal Newbie.” Then I suggested there were 5 … Continue reading

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5 Principles for “Newbie” Youth Pastors- PART II

Last week I asked you to chime in with your advice for my friend “Neal Newbie,” a brand new youth pastor. You all shared some amazing insight. In the next post, I finally chimed in with my two cents, raising … Continue reading

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5 Principles for “Newbie” Youth Pastors

How should a brand new youth pastor begin his or her job in ministry? A couple days ago I asked for your advice for my friend “Neal Newbie,” a brand new youth pastor in a small church with just two … Continue reading

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What Would You Advise Neal Newbie?

I have a friend who just started a job as a youth pastor for a small town church. When the church hired him, they were emphatic about two “vital” elements: Don’t change the room. Make sure you let the pastor … Continue reading

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