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The Great Escape Day 3

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Posted by Allen Hunter on

From Gunnison to Colorado Springs to Gunnison - Full Circle I don't think many of you would know, but my family lived in Gunnison, where I did youth and college ministry for more than 17 years before moving to Colorado Springs. So, this is a lot of fun for me to be attending a conference in ...

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The Great Escape Day 2

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Posted by Allen Hunter on

Middle School Ministries Checking in From Gunnison It's encouraging in so many ways to hear students share with each other, "this is the funnest thing I've ever done," or "I can't believe we've only been here two days." They are full of excitement and anticipation, and they're enjoying ...

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The Great Escape

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Posted by Allen Hunter on

Middle School Ministries Checking in from Gunnison We are rounding 24 hours here at The Great Escape. Things started out with a ton of energy. Lots of games, activities and snacks set up the worship and teaching times in an amazing way. It is so great being with our First Pres middle school kids ...

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An Empathy-Building Challenge

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Posted by Allen Hunter on

Learning to empathize with emerging adults is one of the Six Core Commitments made by churches that are building strong relationships with young people. It's one of the major keys to helping young adults discover our church and feel cared for here. I want to offer a challenge and a way ...

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Tags: fuller youth institute, growing young

The Importance of Empathy

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Posted by Allen Hunter on

As we seek to connect young people to Christ, First Pres continues to benefit from excellent research done by the Fuller Youth Institute on factors that help churches to "Grow Young." (If you missed it, you can read the intro to this Growing Young blog series.) One of six elements common to ...

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Growing Young: Helping Emerging Adults Discover and Love the Church

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Posted by Allen Hunter on

Is My Teenager from a Different World? If you’ve been hanging out with teenagers or have teenagers of your own, as I do, you are well aware that their lives are fundamentally different from how ours were growing up. Today's teens and young adults are different in the ways they ...

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