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Youth Pastor I Am

By Brent Crowe, Ph.D | February 11, 2020

A role reserved but not always revered An assignment too big for any small sheet of parchment hanging on a wall The rare collision of monumental and mundane   One-minute counseling the largest of life’s concerns The next, laughing at the latest middle school burns  First one to arrive, last to leave still waiting on […]

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The Cup

By Megan Fate Marshman | February 5, 2020

Like many of the people throughout Scripture, all too often I settle for much less than what God intended. It’s no wonder the Apostle Paul knelt down to pray desperately for the Christians in Ephesus to be “filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” We all want to be filled and we all […]

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The Everyday Idealist

By Brent Crowe, Ph.D | January 9, 2020

The ball dropped… The fireworks shot off… Toasts were made… Confetti went everywhere… And just like that a new decade was ushered in. But has anything changed?!? Well other than a couple of digits so that the year now reads 2020 (and let’s be honest, that’s kinda cool). I mean we are 10-ish days into […]

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Small Enough, Big Enough

By Brent Crowe, Ph.D | December 10, 2019

THE CHRISTMAS SEASON IS MAGICAL.    And by that, I mean that the Christmas spirit is real! The sense of anticipation, the hope of something new, and the promise of a better day are all ingredients in the Christmas spirit felt by so many this time of year. Whether you believe in Jesus or not, a sense […]

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Hold the Rope

By Emily Pigott | October 29, 2019

An all-time favorite game in any youth setting is a good old-fashioned tug of war competition. Aspiring winners line up on both sides and take the rough rope firmly in their hands. They begin to position themselves for the strategic “leverage spot”, often digging their feet deep into the ground. Almost immediately, the rope becomes taut as both […]

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Leadership Allergies: Part 5

By Brent Crowe, Ph.D | October 7, 2019

Humility Found There is a rare quality among leaders. It is rarer than a precious jewel, scarcer than water in the desert, and about as commonly seen as an animal on the brink of extinction. The characteristic to which I refer is the spirit of humility… and it seems to be in short supply these […]

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Dare 2 Share: A Wake Up Call for Youth Leaders

By Greg Stier | October 2, 2019

Have you ever gotten a wake up call while staying at a hotel? These calls tend to be jarring because hotel phones, for whatever reason, tend to be loud. They are necessary, but often unwelcome…especially to deep sleepers. Consider this post a wake up call for youth ministry. My prayer is that the jarring (but […]

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Leadership Allergies: Part 4

By Brent Crowe, Ph.D | September 24, 2019

Average Despised   A third allergy to which leaders have an adverse reaction is the notion of average, also known as mediocrity. It doesn’t take much to conclude that if we are motivated by the grace of Jesus, we should never settle for “good enough” or a job half done. We see how finishing well those […]

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Leadership Allergies: Part 3

By Brent Crowe, Ph.D | September 23, 2019

Unnecessary Drama   As we continue our discussion on ‘leadership allergies’ being the reactions that occur as a leader develops, that is to say that a leader develops an adverse reaction to that which is unhelpful to a leader’s development and/or ability to maximize their capacity.    As the leader invests in his or her leadership […]

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Leadership Allergies: Part 2

By Brent Crowe, Ph.D | September 6, 2019

Part 2: Time Wasted   Last week we discussed a healthy, though often times underdiscussed, aspect of the leadership journey. It is something called ‘leadership allergies.’ Which can be defined as an adverse reaction to that which is unhelpful to a leader’s development and/or ability to maximize their capacity. The more the leader cares about […]

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