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Brian Burchik

The One Thing a Youth Pastor Has to Understand

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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 year, several roommates and I…

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Waiting on a Spiritual Bail-out?

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It’s January 1st – the day of unparalleled optimism and anticipation, full of goals and resolutions to improve our lives. But rather than focusing on goal-setting methods or chasing your dreams, which are wonderful things, I want to peel back a few layers to why so many New Year’s goals never get met. There are various reasons for the lack…

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Coming Home vs. Being at the Airport

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Early on as a student pastor, I felt the pressure every week to pull students away from their busy lives and into our Sunday service. At times, I felt like a needy parent begging grown kids to come home for the weekend. Classic guilt trips work well. “You never come to church anymore. Are you forgetting about us?” Or straight-up…

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The Problem with a God-given Dream

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Deep in our hearts, God reveals desires, goals, and aspirations. Maybe it’s to launch a company, to write a book, or start a youth ministry. There are dreams woven into the fabric of who we are, the desires of our hearts. But there is one big problem with God-given dreams. He asks for them back. Consider Abraham. God calls him away…

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Why Aren’t Your Students Doing Your Job?

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In terms of development and maturity in America, age twenty-six is the new eighteen.  The “age of adolescence” is extending further back, and it’s not uncommon to have thirty-year old teenagers floating around aimlessly, living at home, and playing way too many video games. This delay in growing up is damaging to society as a whole, and for God’s people,…

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