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A Youth Workers Response to 13 Reasons Why

Season Two of 13 Reasons Why released May 18th. With its top-shelf ranking in all of our Netflix accounts—it’s fair to assume our students are watching it. Despite its TV-MA rating, teens are binge watching content that highlights intense issues in graphically dramatized, highly emotional narratives. Continue reading A Youth Workers Response to 13 Reasons Why

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A Youth Worker’s Guide to Productivity

Manage Your Energy

Time management is a myth; it’s our energy that needs managing. If you have a high output of energy night planned, get all the boring admin stuff you need to get done in the morning. If you are in “shopping” mode, make sure and grind it out; get all of it done, don’t hold anything back.
If you need to do your message prep without interruption, don’t plan on getting that done when the everyone is around at your church. You might need to peel off to a coffeeshop with a big ol’ hoodie on.
If you aren’t taking a Sabbath, sis, brah, you need to. And don’t couch your Sabbath in a “Bible study” with your youth kids or a high school road trip. Nope. The Sabbath is for you to recharge.

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Matthew McNutt reviews “4 Views on Pastoring LGBTQ Teenagers”

The Youth Cartel‘s recent release, “4 Views on Pastoring LGBTQ Teenagers,” is critical reading for anyone connected to youth ministry. I’ll be honest; I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. When they first announced it as an upcoming book, I assumed it would be like most contrasting views books; a debate on whether or not youth ministry should minister to LGBTQ teens. I was wrong; this book assumes that as people created in the image of God, every church has a divine calling to minister to LGBTQ teens. This book is not a theological debate, rather, it is a presentation of a range of approaches to practical ministry with young people.

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Free Resource: Refugee Discussion Guide

During the past couple of weeks the news cycle has been dominated by heated discussion about immigration and refugees. When things like this come up we at The Youth Cartel begin to ask youth workers if the teenagers in their ministries are talking about these things to them and if they feel equipped to have a meaningful, Jesus-focused discussion.

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The “Un-glory” and Glory of Short Term Missions

“I hope some teams  will never come back again.”  These words were spoken by my new senior pastor, a 26-year career missionary who joined our church staff last year.  He said these words last April during training for our short-term mission teams. After a lifetime in the mission field as well as leading various international mission organizations where he’d welcomed teams from all over the world, these words were most profound to me.

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