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

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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By: Jason Patrick

Balancing Act: Constant Adjustments to Achieve Health

A year after Betsy and I got married, she got pregnant with our daughter, Jessica. She had a miserable pregnancy and we waited 4 more years to have our son Jaden. That pregnancy was worse. She swore that if i got her pregnant again, she would kill me, so we decided that we would grow […]

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By: Chris Coggins

Flirting With Disaster: Learning to Honor God’s Boundaries

You are free… to choose the right path! How do you know when you are on the right path? Are there any signs and markers on the roads of life that help you navigate this crazy world? Can you imagine a series of well-marked boundaries that indicate your growth as a leader, parent, or disciple […]

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By: Matt LaFree

Supernaturally Silent

Anyone a talker? I can control my talking, but if you give me the time and space I can talk for a long time (just ask my wife). If you combine the fact that I like to talk with the fact that I am in charge of our youth group’s schedule, that makes for a […]

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By: Gabe Qunitana

Theology Matters: How to Lead Students Into an Experience with the Holy Spirit

Depending on your upbringing, an awkward discomfort might befall you when people start to talk about the Holy Spirit. We’re not talking about some type of mystical, translucent figure who is visiting like, “The Ghost of Christmas Past” in A Christmas Carol. The Holy Spirit is not the strange uncle of the Trinity, nor is […]

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By: Christian Dunn

24/7 Helps Teens Live Daily for Jesus

Tim Levert is an incredible writer. Hands down. I love his stuff. He is a regular contributor on our blog, as well as youthministry.com. Somehow while pastoring teens, writing blogs, raising a family, and more – he also finds time to write books! His latest book is for teens – to help them grow in a […]

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By: Wes Watkins

3 Ways to Unplug, So You Don’t Burn Out

Today as I sit to write this “soul care” article, my soul doesn’t feel particularly cared for. Don’t worry, I am not in a bad place and as I go from meeting to meeting today I sense Jesus walking with me. In that sense my soul is perfectly cared for, however, I also feel pulled […]

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