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on the outs

“safety and structure are the foundation of treatment.” it’s first on the list of d.y.s. beliefs and philosophies. each of them appear on the wall of every classroom and dorm in every facility. all the staff and kids know them … Continue reading

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dispatches from beyond the comfort zone

day 1 – monday aug. 2 oh boy – here goes nothing. at least i didn’t get lost, although the gps took me some bizarre way through an unmarked gate. i think i better write down the directions from people … Continue reading

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words to build a life on

this was a weird week. i never know what to expect when i head to youthfront for a week of camp, but this year was unusual. while i have had to leave camp a couple times, including once to deal … Continue reading

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big boy pants (doing hard things)

i have a full time job. for most of my marriage to rene, i haven’t been able to say that. but it’s finally true! on august 2, i start in a position as a “youth specialist” at a facility in … Continue reading

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diminishable me: an open letter to myself at 19

hello andrew. greetings from… yourself… in the summer of 2010. yes, i know that sounds weird. i thought about sending myself (you) back in time, but then i remembered that the terminator movies haven’t come true yet. no time travel … Continue reading

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i have a dream

i am happy to join with you today with the utmost respect for the day we celebrate our independence as a nation. inspired by the great civil rights leader whose impact i could never hope to duplicate, nevertheless I believe … Continue reading

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what do volunteers need?

this week youth specialties premiered a new video called “the volunteer,” promoting participation by volunteers in their national youth workers conventions in san diego and nashville. i love their desire to pour into the unpaid ministry workers who pour into … Continue reading

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the summer of their lives

A little over three years ago, my wife and I sat in a booth at Red Robin with our middle school pastor. After treating us to dessert, he asked us if we would consider becoming “6th grade specialists” after that … Continue reading

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attracted and kept

I found a new youth ministry resource recently called Youth Ministry 360 (technically forthcoming, but their blog is up now). My Google alert for the term “volunteer youth ministry” pushes a lot of irrelevant posts, but this one really scratched … Continue reading

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you can’t possibly have that many friends

What is it about Facebook that both legitimizes and yet trivializes our real-life interactions? “I’m sorry, do I know you?” “Well, we’re friends on Facebook…” Doh! I have lost track of how many times I will say to my new … Continue reading

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