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Aaron Helman
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The one thing every volunteer wishes you knew
 by Aaron Helman | @aaronhelman Hi. I'm Chuck. Or I could be Austin or Kathy or Robert or Rachel. I'm a youth ministry volunteer. I'm not your youth ministry volunteer, but I could move or you could move, and one day, I could be your youth ministry voluntee...

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Presenting The 2015 Youth Ministry Gift Guide
Welcome to the 2015 Youth Ministry Gift Guide! These are the gadgets, games, random things, and other purchases that youth ministers love! They'll spark your creativity, make your life easier, and maybe make your ministry a little more fun. Feel free to che...

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How to get parents to pick up their kids on time (or at least close to it)
 by Aaron Helman | @aaronhelman When I started Smarter Youth Ministry, it was because I wanted to help youth workers deal with their biggest frustrations. Usually, this meant the BIG stuff. Fundraisers, volunteer recruiting and management, burnout and stres...

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Why youth ministry needs more empathy toward parents
 by Aaron Helman | @aaronhelman Four years ago, I had reached my stress limit in youth ministry. The primary culprit? Frustrations with parents who didn't do what I needed them to do. I had the same complaints you do. They didn't place a priority on youth m...

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Not every student in your ministry is ready to grow up and that's okay
 by Aaron Helman | @aaronhelman Two weeks ago, I enjoyed - or endured - the weirdest night of my entire youth ministry career. Our Sixth Grade Overnighter is a big, fun event, designed to help our newest students feel comfortable in youth ministry. But ther...

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How I spend my day off (and my recommendations for yours)
 by Aaron Helman | @aaronhelman If there's one thing that youth workers seem to be universally terrible at... ...it's actually taking a day off every once in a while. Even though we know Sabbath is a Commandment. Even though we know we're exhausted. In fact...

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Half of effective teaching is just eliminating distractions
 by Aaron Helman | @aaronhelman Okay, so I don't know if I totally agree with the statement I made in my own headline. Effective teaching is about Spirit-anointed truth presented in thoughtful and engaging ways. That part has always been the most important ...

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My $1500 mistake and the best fundraiser I ever did
 by Aaron Helman | @aaronhelman   There is a very short list of things that I loathe more than fundraisers. I've sold junk from catalogs, washed cars in the snow, and raked more leaves than I want to remember. Once, I even operated a pumpkin farm for an ent...

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The Ultimate Guide to Creating Better Message Illustrations
 by Aaron Helman | @aaronhelman Whenever someone asks me what they can do to become a better speaker... ...I start by telling them to work harder to develop excellent message illustrations. It doesn't matter if you've got technically perfect delivery, voice...

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Why youth leaders should probably be talking less at youth group
 by Aaron Helman | @aaronhelman We don't need to make Biblical teaching harder than it already is. But almost every single week, we crank up that difficulty level - inadvertantly You might be sabotaging yourself without even realizing about it. So if you're...
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