Five Things That Happened At This Weekend’s Junior High Retreat

Last weekend was my fifth retreat in 11 months and my second in as many weeks. Here are five things I got out of it.

I got to see three of my youth ministry colleagues deliver keynote addresses that were compelling, personal, and creative.

I learned how to play Codenames.

I connected with a fellow youth pastor who’s in a Youth Ministry Coaching Program Cohort.

I picked up a new basketball game.

I experienced the practically unbounded joy of junior high youth.

These things are never without their strains, but the ledger almost always favors the benefits over the costs, for adults as much as for youth.

Once more to the retreat.


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