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Paul Turner

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I've been working with teenagers for over 30 years and coaching youth workers for over 20 yrs. Sign up for my weekly newsletter the Youth Ministry Round Up for encouragement, articles and videos to help you build a successful youth ministry.

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Youth Ministry Round Up #176

WEBSITE SHOP PODCAST YOUTUBE BLOG Greetings Awesome Person, ABC's of Youth Ministry X is for X-Ray Vision When I was a kid, I remember conversation between classmates, mostly male, about which of superman's powers we'd like to have and x ray vision was hands down the favorite. Not a saint among us. I think X-Ray vision is a super power every youth pastor must have to survive because you have to see through so many things. You have to see through the church How many of you wish you had x-ray...
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Youth Ministry Round Up #175

WEBSITE SHOP PODCAST YOUTUBE BLOG Greetings Awesome Person, ABC's of Youth Ministry W is for Wonder This thing we do is wild. We minster to a volatile group of humans who can be nasty, smelly and snarky all the while being kind, loving passionate and we do it willingly, for low pay and little support. But, why? I think it's because of wonder. It's the wonder of youth I recently took a couple of student to an NF concert. The concert was great and the students had a good time but they were...
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Youth Ministry Round Up #174

WEBSITE SHOP PODCAST YOUTUBE BLOG Greetings Awesome Person, ABC's of Youth Ministry V is for Victory Lap The L's are real in youth ministry but so are the W's or, in the case, V's. No one can be harder on than me. I've worked hard to take the lap without feeling like I didn't deserve it. Being critical of your work is a good thing because it helps you produce the best work you can but it can also be like a neon sign telling you how undeserving you are. God told His own Son, "You are my Son in...
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Youth Ministry Round Up #173

WEBSITE SHOP PODCAST YOUTUBE BLOG Greetings Awesome Person, ABC's of Youth Ministry U Stands for Unmistakeable Preachers used to love making comparisons like this, "The church is not a country club for saints, it's a hospital for sinners" The question is, why do we keep mistaking one for the other? Clearly, this is why the statement was made, so there wouldn’t be any mistake in telling the difference between the two. And yet, the confusion continues as to what the mission of the church is....
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Youth Ministry Round Up #172

WEBSITE SHOP PODCAST YOUTUBE BLOG Greetings Awesome Person, ABC's of Youth Ministry T is for Theology Theology, in a Christian context, seeks to understand the God revealed in the Bible. Everyone has a theology, a way they understand the "divine" in the world They may call it Karma or The Universe or, if you're an atheist, A Flying Spaghetti Monster. Your students have a theology as well, often referred to as Moral Therapeutic Deism. As Youth Pastors, we have the responsibility to have a...
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Youth Ministry Round Up #171

WEBSITE SHOP PODCAST YOUTUBE BLOG Greetings Awesome Person, ABC's of Youth Ministry S is for Sanctuary Where is your safe place? For me, it used to be church. As an only child, going to youth group was like visiting play cousins. Working at a church feels less like sanctuary and more like community theatre. Everyone trying to give the audience the best King Lear but with midwest accents. “In jest, there is truth.”― William Shakespeare, King Lear With eyes on students and hearts set on...
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Sorry, This Couldn't Wait

WEBSITE SHOP PODCAST YOUTUBE BLOG Greetings Awesome Person, It's Mental Health Awareness Month and as someone who has struggled with anxiety and depression for over 10 years, I can't let this month go by without telling some of my favorite people in the world, "You Matter!". Sadly, as believers, we are not exempt from the struggles of this life. I have seen and heard, and I bet you have to, men and women of faith and those in ministry, end their lives because they thought they had no one to...
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Youth Ministry Round Up #170

WEBSITE SHOP PODCAST YOUTUBE BLOG Greetings Awesome Person, ABC's of Youth Ministry R is for Respect If you don't respect yourself and the calling God has placed on your life, no one else will. Church folk, like Joseph's brothers, will throw you in a pit and try to sell you off or sell you short, but you have to find some sticks in that hole and build a ladder to get you out Here are the 5 Rungs of Respect I used to get out of a hole or two. Thou shalt not quit caring I put this at the top...
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Youth Ministry Round Up #169

WEBSITE SHOP PODCAST YOUTUBE BLOG Greetings Awesome Person, ABC's of Youth Ministry Q is for Quickly Youth Ministry is a lot of things, slow is not one of them. This is why a youth pastor must be quick in these three areas Quick to listen You may feel like you have a lot to offer, a lot of ideas brewing in you feel must be shared, and I have no doubt that feel they must be shared, but the gold is not in the speaking but the listing. Listening grants insight to when, where and if your idea...
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I've been working with teenagers for over 30 years and coaching youth workers for over 20 yrs. Sign up for my weekly newsletter the Youth Ministry Round Up for encouragement, articles and videos to help you build a successful youth ministry.

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