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Recman’s Fundraising Ideas

Recman is famous around the world for bringing high levels of fun to any group size and location. But this month I want to focus on a couple great student fundraisers. These are two of my favorites, and ones I continue to pass along to other Youth Groups looking to raise a few greenbacks for […]

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from frustration to breakthrough

One of the tools we use often at 3DM is a simple tool called the SWOT Analysis.  It helps us understand our current reality so we can better focus our energy and make plans for next steps to get where we want to go.     This year, we finally have breakthrough in an area […]

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Building a missional culture isn’t as easy as A-B-C

As many of you know, Wayfarer is part of a larger organization called 3DM. Every Wednesday, we will be highlighting a blog written by another part of the movement. Today’s post is from the leader of 3DM Europe, Rich Robinson. He shares insight into what it means to truly live in a missional culture. Is […]

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The One Thing a Youth Pastor Has to Understand

I felt God calling me into youth ministry when I was in college. And although it was a profound spiritual experience, it also made a lot of sense practically. My freshmen year I had started a small group Bible study. Then sophomore year I began meeting friends for coffee and one-on-one mentoring. And the next […]

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How Can We Effectively Disciple Youth Leaders?

Our good friend and Wayfarer blog contributor, Gina Mueller, answers the question, “How do we effectively huddle youth leaders when we only have them for two or three years?” Gina will be speaking at the Wayfarer Workshop in Minneapolis, MN: March 24-26. Click here for more details!

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Connecting Students to the Whole Body

Today, our writer Gina Mueller shares insightful and practical thoughts on building bridges between students and the rest of the church body. Gina will be speaking at our upcoming workshop next week! Click here for more details.   Connecting Students to the Whole Body   This year marked a decade in Student Ministry for me.  […]

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creating a discipling culture from the bottom up

Recently, we met up with one of our awesome writers, Gina Mueller. We asked her the question, “How can we create a culture of discipleship in our youth ministry when there is a lack of buy-in from senior leadership?” Here, she shares her wise thoughts. Gina will be speaking at the Wayfarer Workshop in Minneapolis, […]

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How do you focus on adult leaders without neglecting your student ministry?

This is another guest blog from our great friend and partner in the movement, Chris Ozorio. How do you focus on adult leaders without neglecting your student ministry? My gut response to this question is, “If you aren’t focusing on leaders, you are neglecting your student ministry.” From the time I fell into doing student ministry as […]

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Student Ministry Workshop Video Testimony

Last year, Caleb Mathis brought his youth group to Wayfarer Camp. In the months following, we’ve been privileged to meet his wife Janie and get to know them both as we serve at various 3DM/Wayfarer events. Below, Caleb shares his experience at the Wayfarer Student Ministry workshop in Atlanta, including learning hands-on, experiencing a youth […]

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Kingdom at Hand

This is a guest post by Jonathan Bell, a long-time friend of Wayfarer. He serves as the Director of Student Ministries at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Torrance, CA and is an amazingly talented artist. He and his wife, the ever-talented and hilarious Michaela, are expecting their first child (a little girl!) in […]

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