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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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Another School Shooting, What Can You Do?

“Another day, another school shooting” is the saddest of refrains. Here at The Youth Cartel we’re brokenhearted and weary at the news of yet another school shooting today.

In our lament, we don’t know what else we can possibly do, we’re doing what we can to resource you and give you the tools you need to lead your teenagers.

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In stock and ready to ship!

Do you know that smell when fresh bread comes out of the oven? The smell wafts around the house and just makes you feel warm and cozy inside? Minus the smell, that’s how it feels when a fresh printing of books arrives at the Cartel.

So if you thought it was too late to order our best selling graduation book, The Amazing Next, for your seniors… it’s not! Head over to our store and order yours today.

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Gender Pay Gap in Youth Ministry Employment

Earlier this week we published Dan Navarra’s excellent Youth Pastor Compensation Survey report. And, rightly so, people in the comments of the report were curious is Dan’s research had discovered a gender pay gap. In other words, are full-time women in youth ministry paid less than men in the same role?

So I wanted to address this today– which also happens to be International Women’s Day.

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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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