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My Favorite Moment of WCBC Commencement 09

Praying with the “LBC Brats” that Graduated Today! Today was a special commencement for West Coast Baptist College! For Dana and me it had a special significance as 20 graduates of the Lancaster Baptist Church youth group were graduating from Bible College. This was a special class! They have always had a fantastic, encouraging spirit…

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Helping Graduates Prepare for the Future

A Tool to Help High School Grads Understand Their Own Hearts and Direction I’ve not been able to write a blog post for a while due to year-end events with our graduating seniors—which leads me to thinking this might be a helpful subject. I want to encourage pastors, youth pastors, principals, and those who work…

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10 Marks of a Mature Dating Relationship

This post is originally found at www.paulchappell.com posted by Paul Chappell—Pastor of the Lancaster Baptist Church and president of West Coast Baptist College. It’s a fantastic list of mature qualities found in a godly dating relationship—well worth teaching and developing for older teens or single adults. Since I’m always looking for teaching ideas like this,…

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Life After the Youth Group

Part Three in a Series on Sustaining Spiritual Momentum After High School In the previous two articles (part one, part two) we’ve been visiting the subject of supporting our graduates after high school. The years of 18-24 are filled with much spiritual battle and faith-testing temptations. And we are wise to understand this group and…

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Life After the Youth Group

Part Two of a Series—Sustaining Spiritual Momentum After High School In the first article we discussed a trend that is fairly common among young adults after high school. If you are in the ministry then you are passionate about seeing people “make it” for God. Over the years, we haven’t been 100% successful, but we’ve…

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18 and On Your Own—What Happens to Our Graduates?

Part One of a Series—Sustaining Spiritual Momentum After High School What happens to our graduates after high school? Have you ever seriously considered this question when it comes to their life direction, their relationship to the pastor and church, and their spiritual support? We live in a culture that has verifiably extended the “teen years”…

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The Top Ten Dating Mistakes Parents Make (Part 3)

How Parents Let Their Kids Go Too Far, Too Fast, Too Soon This is the final article in a series about the mistakes that parents often make in allowing their children to date too seriously too soon. We’ve seen the first seven, so let’s wrap it up… 8. They push their kids into dating out…

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The Top Ten Dating Mistakes Parents Make (Part 2)

How Parents Let Their Kids Go Too Far, Too Fast, Too Soon This is part two in a series of articles that flow from years of dealing with situations that arose out of well-meaning but short-sighted parental decisions. We all have blind spots, so these things are shared with a spirit of sincerity and humility…

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The Top Ten Dating Mistakes Parents Make (Part 1)

How Parents Let Their Kids Go Too Far, Too Fast, Too Soon This is the first in a series of three articles. Over the years, the Lord has allowed me the privilege to serve families and students in their journey together. Hundreds of teens have graduated from our student ministry, and the vast majority of…

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The Greatest Student Ministry Strategy

Reaching Students, Nurturing Life Change, and Seeing Them Stay Faithful for Life If we were sitting at a coffee shop and you asked me, “If you could give one practical word of advice to a youth pastor regarding reaching students, seeing their lives changed, and watching them grow up faithful to God—what would it be?”…

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Does God Care What We Wear? (Part 3)

Why Have a Student Ministry Dress Standard In our last two articles we began considering the question, “Does God care what we wear?” Again, so many responded positively to these articles! In a day when sloppier and sleezier is finding its way into the church and the Christian home, may we reconsider clear biblical principles…

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Does God Care What We Wear? (Part 2)

Why Have a Student Ministry Dress Standard In our last issue we began briefly considering the question, “Does God care what we wear?” So many of you responded positively to this series of articles and I appreciate your feedback! In a day when sloppier and sleezier is finding its way into the church and the…

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Does God Care What We Wear?

Why Have a Student Ministry Dress Standard As a youth pastor I am often asked about dress standards—from teens, from parents, and from other youth leaders. Do we have a dress standard? What is it? How do we enforce it? Why do we have one? What about visitors? The questions and the reasonings sometimes seem…

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Mutations, Confusions, and Transitions Part Four

Helping Your Teen through Some of Life’s Toughest Years In the past few articles we have been considering the radical physical changes that all teenagers experience between the ages of twelve and twenty. In this article, I want to turn your attention to the emotional changes. First let’s discuss the symptoms. Have you seen your teenager…

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Mutations, Confusion, and Transitions Part Three

Helping Your Teen Through Some of Life’s Toughest Years In the past two articles we have begun discussing the radical changes that teenagers experience, and how parents and spiritual leaders should respond to those changes. In the last edition, we focused primarily on external physical changes—which are many. In these next few paragraphs we will…

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Mutations, Confusion, and Transitions Part Two

Helping Your Teen Through Some of Life’s Toughest Years In the last issue I introduced a series of articles that will highlight the changes that a teenager faces between the ages of 12 and 20, and how we as adults, youth workers, and parents should understand and respond to those changes. I want to reiterate,…

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Mutations, Confusion, and Transitions Part One

Helping Your Teen Through Some of Life’s Toughest Years “Who rode their bicycle through your mouth?!” It was during my seventh grade year, and those were the first rather hurtful words I heard at Wednesday night Bible study when I arrived at church with my new “headgear!” As if braces and a retainer weren’t enough…

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Dealing with Dating Part 2

Helping Your Young Adult Prepare for the Future In our last post we started talking about how to deal with dating as our children grow. In the midst of a culture that is awakening sexual desires at younger and younger ages, how do we as Christian parents find the right biblical balance on this issue?…

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Dealing with Dating Part 1

Helping Your Young Adult Prepare for the Future Have you noticed that our culture is trying to awaken and enlarge the desires of our young people at younger and younger ages? And it seems that parents often find themselves caught between the better judgment of their conscience and the pressure of a corrupt culture. We…

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More Father-Time

What Quality Time Together Looks Like Last month we began talking about the importance of father time—the vital heart connection that our teenagers need with Dad.  We saw that it was part of John the Baptist’s life mission— Luke 1:17, “And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn…

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