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Parents, Teaching Your Teen Responsibility, Part 2

Hello there! We’ve been talking this month about teaching your teen responsibility—something that is not always that easy! The dictionary defines responsibility as, “Involving personal accountability or ability to act without guidance or superior authority.” A person...

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Parents, Teaching Your Teen Responsibility

We meet again! Have you had an opportunity to watch this month’s video on teaching your teen responsibility? This video talks about the importance of teaching pre-teens and teens what responsibility is—making sure not to just do things for your children, but stopping...

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Final Winter Camp confirmation email.

FINAL camp confirmation email Thank you for signing your student up for JHM Winter Camp 2017! We can’t wait to see how God will use this weekend in their lives! Below is very important camp information that ALL parents need to read, complete and know. Thank you in...

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Conversation on Grief and Loss

Grief and Loss is something that hits everyone in different ways at different times.  We wanted to put out some information, a resource and a Podcast to help you in grief discussions with your students either now or later as grief and loss arrises.  We have consulted...

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We are HIRING 4 people in Mariners JHM.

Hello im Justin Herman, and Im the Junior High Pastor at Mariners Church in Irvine and I'm Hiring. Are you looking for a great opportunity working on a team doing Junior High Ministry.  I am looking to hire great people as we build our team who work with our Junior...

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PASSIVE PEOPLE

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How to Improve Your Writing Skills

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Final Confirmation Email for Summer Camp 2016

JHM Summer Camp- IMPORTANT INFO! Parents of JHM Campers!  This is the email you’ve been waiting for! We are so excited that your student is coming to camp with us! SUMMER CAMP CHECK IN DAY IS MONDAY AUGUST 8th at 12PM. Location:      Mariners Church Irvine – Community...

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Mobile Applications

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Networking For Non-Networkers

I feel I was born to network. I remember one summer I was all about collecting glass bottles. I'd take them to the convenience store, turn them back in, and buy candy with the money. (These were some of my best memories.) But I started to realize something . . . I was...

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13 things to try when your in a Teaching Funk

Have you ever been in a teaching funk? Most teachers have, and it feels like I'm in one now! I love teaching God’s word and I am fortunate enough to be the primary teacher in our Jr. High ministry. Like most Pastors, I am critical of my own teaching; not because I...

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Helping Disconnected Students Connect

Whenever we talk about increasing ministry impact on students’ lives, too often we think about those students who are the mainstays, who are the most ingrained in our ministry’s programs and initiatives. It’s easy to see why we think this way. You see these students...

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Jr. High- Leader Goals for Small Groups

1. each month Spend time with at least one student on their turf! — football games, school lunch, FCA if they have it, band concerts, dance classes, underwater basket weaving, heading to the movies, whatever they do-do it with them! Write a postcard to at least one...

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Why Jr. High is Vital

Whenever I am with people, even ministry people, and the question gets posed "what do you do for a work" and i say Jr. High Ministry it gets welcomed with gasps and comments like "better you than me" or "man their crazy".  Now it is because of the mis-eduaction...

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Jr. High- Typical Small Group Schedule

If you do your student ministries small groups in a home then chances are you have some kind of schedule to help keep your leaders on track with the parents, students and conversations. Typical Small Group Schedule-MEETING OVERVIEW Leaders arrive at Host Home - 6:30...

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How small groups are different from weekends:  

   How small groups are different from weekends:   Let's start with what is the same.  Jr high has energy either place, they want fun at either place and a person to know them and a feeling of acceptance and belonging in both places.  There...

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Jr. High- BENEFITS OF CO-LEADING

BENEFITS OF CO-LEADING less pressure You get to share the weight of the group with another person. You are not solely responsible for putting a Bible study together, planning events, contacting your students etc. more creative Two heads are always better than one!...

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My Son

my son is the love of my life.   Can't believe what I feel when I look at him.   It changed everything.  ...

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Youth Pastors, New Podcast to check out.

Let me tell you about what some of my friends are doing... It’s YOUTH MINISTRY ANSWERS, a new podcast from Stuff You Can Use!  I talk to youth pastors all of the time, and man are there are some great questions out there.  That tells me something, that youth pastors...

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JHM Life Groups

      TEACH STUDENTS TO HEAR GOD’S VOICE AND OBEY, so we do Life Groups. With committed leaders who care about our jr. high students in a setting where they can build depth in their friendship, not only with each other, but with Jesus. We believe Life...

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::coming down the mountain::

::coming down the mountain:: Great news, your son or daughter is returning from camp, which we are hoping may have had some truly significant spiritual implications. They had the chance to be in community with other students and create new memories with leaders that...

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Inteview with creator of Youth Ministry Tracker

Here is my interview with the creators of Youth Ministry Tracker. Enjoy.. ------ Ok Kurt, so let’s start at the beginning.  Where did this app come from? We’ve been working on it since January, but it started way before that.  I’ve tried multiple database solutions...

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Parent Letter for Summer Camp 2014

Hi Parents! We are so excited to be bringing your students to camp in less than 2 weeks!! Fun always happens at camp, but that's not why we do it. We go because transformation happens at camp. Students are able to get away from their normal routines without any...

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New things to know about Mariners JHM Life Groups.

In student ministries we have a very simple and very important value to "TEACH STUDENTS TO HEAR GOD’S VOICE AND OBEY”.  That is the backbone of our discipleship efforts for the students that are IN OUR JHM MINISTRY. We love opportunities for them to bring their...

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Jr. High- How to Lead with a Co- Leader

Leading with a co-leader HOW TO LEAD WITH A CO-LEADER... Small groups are not meant to be done alone. They are strong with 2 voices giving the same message, 2 leaders who care about students in authentic ways. Sharing the weight, sharing the union of different...

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Guest Post: Alex Beaverson

I didn't come to enjoy learning until about my third year in college. In High School life was all about popularity and/or figuring out a way to stand out. I began college with that mentality, the mentality that I have to, in some way, become known. I suppose this idea...

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Jr. High- My students talk, just not in small groups

MY STUDENTS ALWAYS TALK, JUST NOT IN SMALL GROUPS... We’ve all been there. You sit down with your Small Group and ask a question. No dice. You rephrase it. No dice. You ask another question. Nothing. You ask if they’re awake. One student nods his head. It gets...

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12 things your summer theme should have

We are getting started on making our summer calendar and overall brainstorming. Here are the things I think should be a part of any summer theme for Jr. High or High School students. If you dont like them that's ok, my feelings are not hurt. Creative enough to last...

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Guest Post: Reflecting on our Winter Camp

In reflecting on our Winter Camp experience this weekend, I am FLOORED by the leadership exuded by our team of adult leaders. And the truth is, I don't think you even know you exuded it. And that's why we have the best leaders. You are naturals. But, that also means...

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Thoughts and Philosphy on camps and scholarships

Hello Parents, We love camp in Jr.High. As staff and leaders we know how huge a moment camp can be for those who attend.  We have 5 days of worship, lessons and most of all cabin time where God changes lives.  God is always at work, but he tends to work in a...

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What we include in a calendar.

I love dreaming about calendar seasons at my church. Thinking about students and families and how we're going to connect them, care for them, inform them and get them in to the action of ministry like Jesus, I love it. When we plan what we put in a calendar (each...

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What we include in a Calendar

I love dreaming about calendar seasons at my church. Thinking about students and families and how we're going to connect them, care for them, inform them and encourage them to become Disciples of Christ; reading His word and serving.    I love it. When we plan the...

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When launching a new calendar…

Ministry Calendar what’s the purpose? How do we use it to build momentum and visibility in our local schools and online. Ministry calendars are the glue that holds us together. Calendars create unity and keep us organized and informed. Parents, leaders and students we...

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Letter to my JHM Parents on Porn and iOS7

Hey Parents! I have been waiting to write this email all week. I want to break the ice with letting you know that this email is about pornography. It’s about how pornography is poison, destroys families, destroys Gods plan for love and affection and destroys the...

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A lesson I got from Captian America

Like most Jr. High youth workers, I watch cartoons. I use the excuse that I'm staying "relevant" or "looking for illustrations" and while that is very true on both accounts, it’s also true that I just still like cartoons. Right now, I'm very into the Avengers Cartoon...

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Tips For Communicating With Your Students’ Parents

  Everything we do communicates something. It's a simple truth that both our verbal as well as our non-verbal actions are very powerful. While I know this, implementing it was a bit of a challenge when I began considering week-to-week communication with parents....

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Facing The Bad Days As A Team

Not every day is an easy day in student ministries. But that’s not news to you; anyone two months in to a good internship can tell you that. Nope, some days are the “less than good” type. And today was one of those days. Recently, I had a day that felt more like a day...

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Volunteer Superpack on sale with Download Youth Ministry

Product Description When I got my start in ministry a lot of time was spent wondering what are the right things to ask a potential volunteer in an interview. I didn’t want it to be to surface level and learn nothing, I didn’t want the interview to be to deep and scare...

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Notes from networking meeting on Fringe Students

Characteristics of Fringe Students: Fearful Lack of confidence No connection to group Feel at-risk Feel unsafe Don't understand what is going on Ideas for how to work with fringe students: Meeting them where they are at Finding out their interests and meeting them in...

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6 things every parent should know about Mariners JHM

6 things every parent should know about Mariners JHM. Justin Herman Jr. High Pastor, Mariners Church We Are About Jesus – Every service our students can count on 3 things. 1. Student lead worship preparing hearts to receive God’s message. 2. Leaders and teachers with...

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Things I Learned In College

There are so many great things that I learned while in college. I learned the value of real friendship. I learned the value of God Word (the bible) and how its more than a text book. I learned the rural church isn’t the only kind of church. I learned that the world is...

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Stuff You Can Eat… Burgers

Everyone should have access to great burgers. Your welcome. Ingredients Grilled Onions: 2 tablespoons canola oil 2 medium onions, diced 2 tablespoons yellow mustard Pinch salt Special Sauce: 1/3 cup mayonnaise 3 tablespoons ketchup 1 tablespoon yellow mustard 1...

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