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This weekend is my youth ministry's annual winter retreat. During it, my high school students and I are exploring the book of Revelation.

After learning what our topic is, I've lost track of how many times someone has asked me, rather...

Review: Out of Sorts by Sarah Bessey

Sarah Bessey is a writer's writer. Her words are beautiful; Her language, poetry. She's someone I read when I need inspiration. 

Out Of Sorts

Needless to say, my expectations about her second book, Out of Sorts, were incredibly high, so much so that I...

What I'm Into (October & November 2015 Edition)

Life is full right now... So much so that it's taken me a solid week to get this blog posted. It's better late than never, though, right? 

What I'm Reading:

Fiction:

I read 8 fiction books during the last two months. My favorites...

Step down from the stage

This fall, my high school teens and I have been discussing various “isms”. On the first week of this series, we wrestled with materialism, using the story of Jesus and the rich young ruler to do so. In this story, a rich young ruler asks Jesus...

Budgeting Basics: Dream Big

One of my early church memories is participating in my church's pony express giving campaign – a campaign in which a saddlebag was passed from home to home along with stories about our church's ministries and our pledge cards. Families were then...

Call them by name

The other day, a teen walked into our youth room. Another student immediately grew excited and exclaimed, “Oh great! It's the funny kid!”

I'm pretty sure the funny kid didn't hear this other teen and for that I'm thankful. I responded by greeting...

Jen Bradbury on Youth Ministry

Jen serves as the director of youth ministry at Faith Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. A veteran youth worker, Jen holds an MA in Youth Ministry Leadership from Huntington University. Jen is the author of The Jesus Gap: What Teens Actually Believe about Jesus (The Youth Cartel). Her writing has also appeared in YouthWorker Journal, Immerse, and The Christian Century. When not doing ministry, she and her husband Doug can be found hiking, backpacking, and traveling.

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