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The Lost Art of Writing Letters

A recent study in the UK showed some interesting statistics (and boy, did they make me feel old!) about teens and writing letters. A third of the teens surveyed said they had never even (hand)written a letter and half of them had never written so much as a thank you note or letter. And get this: one in ten said they didn’t even own a pen.

Let that sink in for a bit. Handwriting, it seems, is a lost art. Gone are the handwritten love letters, the cheesy poems decorated with little red hearts, but also the Christmas cards, a thank you note for a special gift… Continue reading The Lost Art of Writing Letters

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Top 10 Christmas Ads to Use in Youth Ministry

There’s a rich and long tradition of wonderful Christmas ads and this year has been no exception. Some are plain old tear jerkers, some are inspiring and some touch you more profoundly than a commercial ought to be any standard. After watching a particularly strong message yesterday, I came up with the idea to make a top 10 of the best Christmas commercials ever…and how you can use these in your youth ministry. So here we go! Continue reading Top 10 Christmas Ads to Use in Youth Ministry

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Random Ideas for Youth Group: Flowers for Seniors

I’m starting a new series on Youth Leaders Academy called Random Ideas for Youth Groups. In these short and sweet posts, I want to share ideas for your youth groups to show love in action.

Oftentimes we want to teach our students to love their neighbors, but we don’t know how. In this series, we’ll shows practical, simple ideas that you can execute with your students. Here’s the first: delivering flowers to seniors in nursing homes. Continue reading Random Ideas for Youth Group: Flowers for Seniors