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  1. Youth Ministry Is More Than Your Title

    Article Youth Ministry Is More Than Your Title

    Our title may say “Minister to Students” or “Director of Youth Ministries,” but as the person responsible for youth ministry in a local church we…

  2. Spring Planning: 4 Critical Tasks

    Article Spring Planning: 4 Critical Tasks

    The busyness of Christmas and other end-of-year tasks can make it hard to hit the ground running in a new year. I hear ya. I feel ya, too. Lent came early this year, and Easter…

  3. Review: The Work of the Associate Pastor

    Article Review: The Work of the Associate Pastor

    A clergy friend once said to me, “the first three letters in the title of associate pastor should be emphasized the most.” “Why is that?” I asked…

  4. The Dark Side of Pastoral Authority

    Article The Dark Side of Pastoral Authority

    “Take thou authority....”  It has been a part of the United Methodist ordination service for many years. As each ordinand kneels and the Bishop places her/his…

  5. The Search for Spark

    Article The Search for Spark

    Over the years I’ve led many search and interview committees in youth ministry. And earlier in my life, I was often on the receiving end of those same…

  6. When "Some People" Complain

    Article When "Some People" Complain

    Pastor Smith is winding down after a long day of ministry. Her first six months in her new church have had their challenges, but overall she feels like she’s being accepted…

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