NEWSLETTER: National Network Youth Ministries: Burnout & Boundaries

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November Theme: Avoiding Burnout

by Maggie Johnson on Nov 11, 2021

Is burnout inevitable or avoidable? How do you identify and steer clear of the things that will send you spiraling? This is what we will discuss during the month of November. 

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My Most Difficult Boundaries to Enforce

by Wayne Morgan on Oct 27, 2021

The topic of boundaries requires our fastidious attention. We all know a person with power who is asking for more, demanding schedules that are constantly unsatisfied, never-ending workloads that require dedicated allegiance or failure is inevitable. It doesn't stop there; we then add to this burden the self-imposed weight of social media popularity, the need to stay on top of the next big news story, and I cringe to mention the pressure we put on ourselves as our fantasy sports preferences d

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Creating the Boundary of Accepting Reality

by Paul Turner on Oct 25, 2021

I can remember when reality broke for me. I was sitting in my kitchen, praying or maybe arguing with God, I can't remember. It just dawned on me, "My dream is not going to happen, is it?" My dream was linear, being a professional youth pastor for thirty years was supposed translate to making a living as an in demand speaker and trainer. Now, two years removed from those ideas, I am still processing my "reality". I can't be what I was and I'm not becoming what I thought I'd be. I am career nom

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Back to Boundary Basics

by Maggie Johnson on Oct 19, 2021

 

Like Peter, we all have blind spots and Jesus uses trials to reveal the places we compromise. Without self-awareness our boundaries become a list of good intentions without a backbone. Under pressure, we risk collapse.

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Creating Emotional Boundaries for Collaboration

by Wayne Morgan on Oct 13, 2021

 

As we think about creating healthy boundaries for ministry, we need to talk about creating emotional boundaries for collaborative events. Collaboration takes a lot of passion and hard work and when things do not come together as planned, it can feel like a soul-crushing defeat. I've felt the soul crushing defeats. Here are a few boundaries that I've learned to keep me from quitting after collaborative events that were less than perfect.

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October Theme: Boundaries

by Maggie Johnson on Oct 05, 2021

 

We all seem to know and value the importance of good boundaries, but we consistently see believers fail in ways that seem like an obvious misstep. How did this happen? Where did they miss the mark? How can we recognize when we're crossing boundaries in our own lives? 

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