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Vineyard youth leaders around the country submit articles on a weekly basis to support and encourage us

By: Cheri Brock

E.G.R. teens got you frustrated?

Hard times are expected in life and ministry and loving those that challenge us can be hard, but hard doesn’t need to be defined as bad. Youth don’t expect bumper sticker platitudes or cheerleaders every week. They are looking to be seen. If youth ministry is simply about programs or agendas we miss seeing the […]

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By: Sarah Olson

A Roadmap For Raising Student Worshipers

DOWNLOAD WORSHIP ROADMAP As a movement, the Vineyard values training and discipling leaders well. We believe that this applies to students as much as anyone; everybody gets to play, right? In the midst of the ever-present transition that comes with student ministries, we noticed that we had ways of training students in worship, but had […]

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By: Shawn Mayo

Where is God in All This Pain?

I listen to an online radio app called Spotify while I’m at work. Today (October 3rd) I noticed that sandwiched between Miley Cyrus’ new album and the “On Fleek” playlist was a new playlist dedicated to the victims of the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas – the largest mass shooting to date in the […]

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By: Melissa Lee

Faithful Presence: A Testimony of Discipleship

When I was eleven I started going to youth group at our new church, The Yakima Vineyard. I remember my first visit vividly because I was so anxious about not being old enough. I had visions of someone asking my age and kicking me out! That didn’t happen, obviously, and I continued going. I was […]

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By: Melissa Lee

YP Fail: What I Learned at Puke Camp

Hi there, Melissa Lee here to share with you a time I have failed in youth ministry. I am all for vulnerability but I have to admit it took me awhile to come up with something for this post. Most of my youth leader failures are times that I truly, truly failed and it would […]

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By: Adam Greenwell

Discipled by Weakness: Leadership Through Vulnerability

There are some great words that have taken on a negative connotation in our culture; to the point that the treasure of their meaning is robbed of worth. In some cases, the opposite of those words enjoys the effect of this robbery by seeing its meaning raised to point of idol worship. Strength is one […]

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By: Christian Dunn

Aim at the Red Dot: An Encouragement for Preachers to Youth

Last year I shot a rifle for the first time in my life. This particular rifle had a special red dot in the scope that would come on if you pressed a button. My instructor decided it would be important for my growth as a marksman (ha.  ha.  ha.) to learn to shoot WITHOUT the […]

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By: Gabe Qunitana

Life in Ministry is More Rhythm Than Reason

  I have felt drawn to serve the church in a pastoral/leadership capacity for the better part of ten years now. I started out voluntarily leading the youth group at the church that I had grown up in as well as playing in the worship band each week. At 19 years old, I really didn’t […]

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By: Gabe Qunitana

Transformative Teaching: Communicating What Matters

I don’t think that I’m the only one who’s been sitting at my desk 45 minutes before a youth service scratching my head and wondering what I am going to share with the students that night. A lot of youth pastors (guilty) are wired to be last minute and have learned to thrive in chaos, […]

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By: Melissa Lee

Be Still (And Prepare for the Fall!)

I don’t know about you but my summers are FULL. Overflowing with laughter, coffee, special parties, up late, lazy mornings and being outside. When I have a moment to think about fall (usually once it’s already here) I can feel overwhelmed at the prospect of starting a “new year,” especially in youth ministry. The fall […]

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