The New Landscape of Youth Ministry

What one youth pastor learned about youth ministry by hiring a bunch of teenagers to help renovate his house. It might be odd to give thanks for “The Great Recession,” but sometimes I do. About three years ago my wife and I managed to purchase our second home after we lost our first during the recession. When the downturn happened we were running a youth ministry at a mid-sized Presbyterian church in one of the hardest-hit housing areas in California. When we took a new call at a church in Vancouver, WA, we were eventually able to buy a fixer-upper that needed a...

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