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It doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that our students are living in a pleasure-driven youth culture. While pleasure is not all bad, chasing after it in the pursuit of "true" happiness will only leave them (and us) empty.

True happiness comes from living a life with Jesus at its very center, with His passion and purpose flowing out of it.

In this Youth Leader's Coach, I want to challenge you to frequently pause and ask yourself, and help your students ask themselves, the million dollar question, "Will what I'm pursuing result in true happiness or merely temporary pleasure?" For fun, we'll also take a look at ten things science tells us will make us happier people. Interestingly enough, none of them are new thoughts.

Choosing true happiness,


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If I could do just one single thing for youth pastors today, I would try to fan their spiritual passion.

In my journey, I have found that there is really very little correlation between spiritual success and ministry success. Too often, talent becomes a remarkable substitute for character and spiritual passion. In ministry it is too easy to know "things" and not know "God." With ease, we can bluff our way through and, unfortunately, more than likely nobody will catch us.

I am determined not to be a "poser." In this Youth Leader's Coach, I will give you tips I've learned along the way that might prevent you from becoming one as well.

Lovingly,


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Like it or not, we are all capable of falling spiritually. That's why this resource is SO important. Taken in part from what I have observed through the years, and also from Wayde Goodall's book, Why Great Men Fail, this month's Youth Leader's Coach, "Fighting The Dragons In Your Personal Life," walks through 18 minefields that make you more susceptible to moral failure.

We can all indicate areas where we are more VULNERABLE to moral failure due to certain patterns, tendencies, or personality leanings in our own lives. It behooves us to "put guard rails" around these areas. To be "for-warned" is to be "for-armed." It may not be a fun or exciting topic per-say, but it could very well be one that saves your ministry and personal walk with the Lord.

Lovingly,


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We take our fun title from Adele's popular hit song, "HELLO! " Because our amazing Heavenly Father wants to say "HELLO...from the other side! " every day to us through His Word. In a culture that doesn't really prioritize relationship with Christ, this is an incredible topic to help all of us star, underline time with God in our lives.

In this month's Source, "Hello...From The Other Side," I'm sharing 3 ingredients for consistent, motivational time in the Word. I also share 16 fun ways to make the Word of God COME ALIVE in our own personal lives and end the evening with a story that's one of my personal favorites!

Lovingly,


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I bet you'll listen to this Youth Leader's Coach pretty quickly! It's entitled, "Helping Your Teenagers Walk In Sexual Purity." And trust me, it's one of the biggest battlegrounds you'll ever have to coach your kids through. Unfortunately, in the church world, we often preach fired up messages about the importance of sexual purity without carefully laying out a game plan that helps them to move in that direction.

So grab a cup of coffee and come hang out with me for an hour or so. You'll be glad you did. After all, how many people have discussed this topic with you recently? Happy coaching!

Lovingly,


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With all the noise, distractions and things clawing for our attention in today's society, it is so easy to "lose our way." For many, however, all it takes is for one person in their life to care enough to correct and redirect. This issue of the Source, "Intervention," is about just that. It is designed as an outreach night based on the popular A&E show that goes by the same title. In a similar way that Antwahn's and Cristine's families hosted interventions for them, we draw the parallel of how the Lord lovingly hosts one for us as well.

Using four "reality checks," the powerful stories of two individuals, a captivating human video to Justin Timberlake's, "Losing My Way," and Naaman's personal intervention recorded in the Bible, we guide students through what hinders people from responding to the Lord's intervention on their behalf. It was a night that drew many to His love for the very first time, and served as a reminder for others of the love they once knew.

Lovingly,


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The summer months are so pivotal in a student's spiritual growth and we simply can't take our voice of influence in their lives half-heartedly.  We especially can't begin to punt on our communication, because if we're honest, the longer we do it or the more common it becomes to us, the easier it is to do.  That's why we're sharing, "Making Creativity Come Alive In Your Youth Service," in this Alliance.

The truth of the matter is that creativity really isn't an option anymore if you want your students to remember much of what you are saying.  We live in a pretty A.D.D. generation where it's hard to focus on much of anything.  That's why it's so vital that we that we add some elements to our services that really catch their attention.  For some of us, creativity is a little more difficult, and never has carried a lot of weight in our youth ministries.  I hear over and over, "I'm just not a creative person," but experience has taught me that with a little extra time and energy, we all have the ability to get our creative juices flowing.  So, listen in to this Alliance as I cover some of the reasons that we often don't put much energy toward creativity in our services and give ten practical ideas to add some new life to our weekly routines.


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How does God shape a man or woman of God? There is this amazing pattern that I find in the book of Genesis as God creates authentic spirituality inside of people that I still find evident today. This is an incredible message to challenge your students to be all in on their relationship with Christ.

I shared this month's Source, "A Making Of A Man Or Woman Of God," with our Atlanta Leadership College gang during our college experience days, but it is so applicable for all ages. Listen in as I lay down the challenge that "to be a conqueror, we must first be conquered."

Walking with a limp,


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"These are they who have turned the world upside down!" Acts 17:6. The early Christians weren't always "NICE"...they were RIGHTEOUS! They weren't always POLITICALLY CORRECT...they were often RADICAL! God is still looking today for RADICAL, RIGHTEOUS REVOLUTIONARIES...to reach out to a generation of RADICAL, UNRIGHTEOUS REVOLUTIONARIES!

In this month's Source, "The Reckless Ones," I'm sharing from the book of Acts what it truly means to be God's kind of reckless. In this resource, I give four principles to become the kind of person who "turns the world upside down" in God's kind of way. It's a great topic to help your students go to the next level in their personal relationships and heart after God.

Lovingly,

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