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On being the odd one out

  Sometimes in life you just feel lonely.   Often it's because you believe in a man named Jesus who supposedly walked the earth two thousand years ago. And thus, you call yourself a Christian, go to church and bible studies, and serve in ministries throughout the week.   And sometimes you feel like the whole world around you is moving on, having fun, and leaving you ...
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Youth Ministry is like the Army

Now I'm no 'youth ministry veteran', but I can say with confidence that youth ministry is like an army. An army is a country's defence force. They train and keep fit in order to protect their nation and go to battle if the need arises. In Australia, enlisting in the army is completely voluntary, but: soldiers need to work really hard (I struggle to even wake up at 8am) soldiers w...
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Youth & Children’s Ministry | Downloadable Resources

Below is a collection of short resource documents written up and provided by Stuart Ling. Click on each link to view and download the pdf file. Youth Ministry: Youth Group Games Up Front Training Interviews How to MC Testimony Training Tough Conversations Writing a Bible Study Structure of the Bible Reading the Bible Framework Small Groups - Structure Smal...
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Making the Most of Your Uni Years

A few years ago I heard the National Director of AFES Richard Chin speaking on why anyone should bother to give up time at Uni to serve Jesus. Why not use your time at Uni to focus on study so you can have a better job to serve God in later? Why not use the rest of your week to serve God at church, and let Uni time be for getting the degree done? Why, he said... Because we are at war. We ar...
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3 Tips for Crafting Community

At a recent meeting with the Community Group leaders of ACTS11, we sat down to brainstorm some ideas. We wanted to figure out how to foster a community within groups (hence the community + group). To begin with, we agreed that central to having community is having God himself. By his gifts of prayer and scripture we can hope to become the community that God desires. If you're reading thi...
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Sample camp bookstore

I don't know about you, but for the Christian circles I'm in, it seems that many people have difficulty deciding on what books to sell at camps/conferences. Here's a sample list I hope you find helpful. If you haven't read up on why Disciple Timothy exists, it's to "equip you for worship and ministry." I've chosen these books because they are easy to read, fairly broad in doctrinal agree...
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Essential Reading for Leading

"When you find a leader, you find a reader. The reason for this is simple - there is no substitute for effective reading when it comes to developing and maintaining the intelligence necessary to lead." - Albert Mohler. Do you agree with this statement? Either way, I think we all agree that learning is important. Learning is a spiritual discipline that every Christian should train themsel...
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7 Steps To Your Best Rebuke Now

Excuse the horrible title, but I wanted to use it to get your attention. Now that you're here, let's look at some principles for straightening the path of a brother or sister in Christ. These are based largely from a recent leadership training series at ACTS11 and on my experience.   1. Rebuke for the purpose of Christlikeness As Christians on this Earth, we are experiencing a proc...
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The Core Problem with Church Ministry Marketing

Marketing is a funny word that gets tossed around a lot to mean different things. What does marketing even mean, why are Christians getting it wrong and why should ministry leaders care? The American Marketing Association (AMA 2013) offers the following definition of marketing: 'the activity, set of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings ...
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Ministry is…

Ministry is not lordship but stewardship; not receiving but giving; not ascension but descension; not self-promotion but God-promotion; not your word but His; not creating but gathering sheep; not about programs but people; not a cruise but a battle; not revealing possibility but reality; not perfection but striving; not a dichotomy of secular and sacred; not measured by success but faithfulne...
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