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In a nutshell, we’re a team of people who create experiences with one goal in mind: to help people grow in relationship with Jesus and each other.
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A friend, co-worker, family member, or someone you just met is talking and you sense God nudging you to say something. But what do you say? What don t you say? How can you bring God into the conversation without shutting it down?
Welcome to God Space.
Where the Holy Spirit can do amazing things through everyday conversations. Where honesty and transparency allow for discovery and deep connection. Where lives are challenged and changed.
Connect with these real-life stories of how ordinary people learned how to engage others in rich spiritual conversations that open doors instead of slamming them shut. You'll find fresh insights and practical tools for connecting with others about the things that matter most.
Across the country, volunteer ranks continue to grow, but people are volunteering differently. They’re working online, seeking flexible schedules, and pursuing a role in defining how projects should be completed. They want to feel a sense of responsibility for your organization’s overall mission.
Put simply, these volunteers don’t want to simply make a contribution; they want to make a difference!
Jonathan McKee and Thomas McKee have tapped into their decades of experience with the simple goal of helping you recruit, manage, and lead the new breed of volunteers. They’ll guide you to a clearer understanding of what today’s volunteers look like, how they want to get involved, and how you can most effectively attract, train, and unleash them within your organization.
You’ll also discover a bounty of helpful resources to assist you, including job descriptions, applications, and interview questions; activities, icebreakers, and team-builders for volunteer meetings; community-building activities; and tips for board retreats and planning sessions.
The 21st century calls for a new system and for a greatly expanded definition of what it means to be a volunteer. If you can harness this passion and potential, you’ll experience results that will reward both your organization and your volunteers.
“In this book, Rick calls us to run arm-in-arm with teenagers—to the epicenter of that mystery, that person, that incarnate child, that troublemaker, that up-ender, that ultimate rescuer.” —Mark Oestreicher, Partner, The Youth Cartel
There’s a surging hunger among teenagers for Jesus. New research shows that they want a clearer understanding of what Jesus really said and did, and how faith in matters in their lives. In fact, that desire is so deep, it’s #1 on their “wish list” for what they’d like to talk about at church.
But are we doing that? Even though we assume that everything we do in youth ministry is about Jesus, the evidence is clear:That’s not what our students say they’re experiencing. So what would a youth ministry look like if it shifted toward a passionate, persistent, and permeating focus on drawing students into a closer orbit around Jesus?
Inside the pages of Jesus-Centered Youth Ministry, you’ll discover the foundation for a ministry that is Jesus-centered, along with the bricks for building it. You’ll discover that not only is it possible to create this kind of ministry, it’s also essential that you pursue this path.
Eight years after his book was first published, introducing the language and structure of a new way of doing youth ministry, author and longtime Group Magazine editor Rick Lawrence has completely rewritten and revised Jesus-Centered Youth Ministry. It’s packed with new insight, new research, and dozens of field-tested ideas for planting and nurturing a ministry environment that is Jesus-magnetic.
Help satisfy teenagers’ hunger for Jesus in richly nourishing and sustaining ways by shifting the orbit of your ministry.
But more is not necessarily better, declares Joshua Becker, a pastor, author, and blogger. There’s a far better way to live life, he says—a way that recognizes the empty promises of consumerism and champions the pursuit of living simply and scripturally.
In Living With Less, Joshua will guide you through biblical teachings on possessions and his own personal experience with minimalism—living with only the essential. You’ll see how his life was transformed by this Jesus-centered choice that rejects the flow of our culture. This book will challenge you to spend your hours, energy, and resources in ways that draw you closer to the heart of Jesus.
Join this li’l bird on a flight of fun—and discovery.
From a morning stretch—so big!—to a tuck-in yawn, Skyler feels the sun on his wings and the love of God warming his heart.
Young children will see how Skyler’s day is just like their own. And they can feel just like Skyler feels: loved!
Check out the entire Best of Li’l Buddies series, including:
• Everywhere I Go, God Is With Me
• From Head to Toe, God Made Me
• Here’s the Reason God Made Me
• Mad, Glad, or Sad, God Is For Me
“They’re just a bunch of hypocrites.”
“If they’re an example of who God is, I don’t want anything to do with God.”
This is what many people are saying about Christians—you may even have friends or co-workers who have said these things to you at some point. Why do they feel this way? And is there anything you can do about it? How can you help give Christians a reputation makeover? Why Nobody Wants to Be Around Christians Anymore gives you more than just answers. Inside you’ll find practical helps and real-life examples of what it means to glow your love the way Jesus did. You’ll learn how to avoid pushing people away…and how to be a magnet for God’s love instead.
Authors Thom and Joani Schultz show you how to draw people into a meaningful relationship by practicing four simple yet revolutionary acts of love—Radical Hospitality, Fearless Conversation, Genuine Humility, and Divine Anticipation. When you have an authentic, heartfelt love for others just like Jesus did, that love will transform your life and the people around you.
This book includes eight chapters and a personal journaling section, which works great for small groups who want to dig into the 4 Acts of Love together.
Get this book. Read it. Practice it. And watch your faith become truly magnetic.
Why such inconsistency? Credit their brains.
A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Teenage Brains is filled with helpful, practical insights from veteran youth worker Mark Oestreicher.
Without an understanding of teenage brain development, we might miss life’s teachable moments or shut down our child’s curiosity with easy answers that don’t satisfy the search for truth happening below the surface.
That’s why Marko has written this book: to guide you through the world of the teenage brain, to help you understand and appreciate the amazing transformations it undergoes in adolescence to prepare children for adulthood and its many responsibilities.
Check out the entire Best of Buddies series, including:
• I've Got This!
• Is Anyone Out There?
• Uh-Oh! I Did It Again!
• I Can Do Anything!