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  • Great Ideas for Summer Self-Care

    By Chris Maxwell Youth pastors know the importance of summer. School is out. Weather is nice. Time, though packed with vacations and mission trips and ball games, is a little more relaxed. We want to inspire our students. We want them to invite their friends to the exciting summer events we’ve worked so hard to…  Read More

  • 12 Topics Youth Ministries Avoid

    There are only so many weeks in a year, so we must select which topics to cover and which to leave off our teaching schedules. Inevitably, we pass over subjects we would love to cover but can’t. This dilemma presents a powerful temptation: do we schedule precious time to cover topics that make us nervous,…  Read More

  • Moved by Compassion

    Today’s blog post is different from what we usually publish. It’s an excerpt from the newest book of our regular contributor, Chris Maxwell: Pause with Jesus: Entering His Story in Everyday Life. In this excerpt, Chris immerses us in wave after wave of images from the story of Jesus. He invites us to sit and…  Read More

  • Trim the Fat from Your Schedule

    By Chris Maxwell One of the key—and most dreaded—responsibilities of leadership is to make plans. We’re the emperors of events, the sultans of scheduling, the overlords of organizing. That’s a lot of responsibility. We manage time, say yes and no, complete tasks, train leaders, thank workers, evaluate events; our list of duties goes on and…  Read More

  • 9 People Every Youth Worker Should Know

    By Chris Maxwell You hurry to finish planning. You rush to another meeting. You strive to have more time with family. You love encounters with individual teens and you enjoy the large youth events and you work to budget time in order to use time more wisely—but all those things take time. Adding more people…  Read More

  • Are Your Students Prepared for School?

    By Chris Maxwell Do you hear the noise? Buses and bells. Feet walking and voices talking. Laughter and instructions and assignments and lunch. The sounds of another school year are growing louder and louder. Are your students ready—not just to attend classes, but to be fully present in the classroom, to listen carefully, to learn…  Read More