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Youth Group For Parents

The Best Way To Start The School Year

My first official gathering as a youth pastor was a parent meeting. It was the first week of September, and I was the first youth pastor the church had hired. We gathered in the home of one of the families who had kids in the youth group. Some volunteers played games and had a campfire
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Tattoo #2

You Are Loved.

Three simple words, one important message. That’s what I got for my second tattoo. I promise I’m not making this a weekly thing. But one week after my first tattoo, I returned to the shop with the koi pond and got some more ink done. The first tattoo I’ve known for years I would get.
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My Dad Is Dying

(and so are you)

My dad is dying. Technically, he always has been. We all are. But a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer earlier this year has brought his mortality into focus, rather than the abstract blurred background of life.
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Youth Group For Parents

The Best Way To Start The School Year

My first official gathering as a youth pastor was a parent meeting. It was the first week of September, and I was the first youth pastor the church had hired. We gathered in the home of one of the families who had kids in the youth group. Some volunteers played games and had a campfire
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The Only 3 Rules You’ll Ever Need

The only set of rules you'll need for any youth ministry gathering

One of the goals for me and my friends in college was to get a rule added to the student handbook. We were inspired by two older students who opted to save money by living in their ice-fishing house instead of the dorms. Because I went to school in northern Minnesota that was a viable
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