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Cassie Moore

Cassie Moore is a writer, speaker, and Christian educator living in St. Petersburg, Florida. She grew up in Illinois and Minnesota, earned her degree from Concordia University in Irvine, California, and has served students in six states over the last decade. She is passionate about relational, Christ-centered ministry and outreach, and enjoys observing culture, exploring new places, painting, writing, reading, speaking professionally and talking to strangers. She lives with her husband Tyler, a pastor, and two Australian Shepherd puppies. Read more of her writing at her blog at zealousglow.wordpress.comor follow her on Twitter@DCECassie.

Betwixt: The Boy-Crazy Cheerleader Who Drove Me Bananas 7/14/2011
  The temptation, as leaders, is to think that we can't matter to certain kids. We want to try to label ourselves and the students around us.
Betwixt: The Sin that Swallows Church Workers 11/15/2013
  The sins of pride and arrogance are the ones that often cripple church workers more than almost any other sins.
Betwixt: Navigating the Choppy Waters of Identity 10/13/2011
  Most students are desperately trying to find their identity during these tumultuous few years, and it's easy to see why so many kids latch onto the first thing they stumble across: Hockey. Choir. Alcohol. A boyfriend or girlfriend.
Betwixt: Drowning in Technology 11/3/2011
  I'm curious about how I see technology influencing our everyday middle schooler--the good, the bad, and the ugly effects--right now, at this very moment.
Betwixt: My Biggest "Oopsies" 11/17/2011
  Every so often, I like to remind myself of some of my biggest failures or mistakes in ministry, just to realize how many things I've learned in my years working with youth.
Betwixt: Learning the Act of Juggling Fun and Ministry 6/9/2011
  How do I balance fun with ministry? What's that fine line between teaching something important and goofing around? How far do I let my kids get off topic before reeling them in?
Betwixt: The Weight of the Future on Their Shoulders 8/18/2011
  I often ponder how this younger generation is growing up, and how we can best assist them in their trek to maturity as caring adults and leaders.
Betwixt: Painful Betrayal 12/15/2011
  If you've ever been a middle school kid, you've been through the pain of betrayal.
Betwixt: The Dirty Little Secret of Ministry 1/12/2012
  The dirty little secret is this: sometimes, we give into that temptation to take the lazy road in our ministries.
Five Insights about Today's Teens 2/6/2012
  Despite the differences in our attitudes, experiences, and personalities, today's teens are our best allies in a hope for a brighter future.
Betwixt: Essential Items a Youth Leader Should Never Be Without 2/9/2012
  What are some things you always need to have on hand, as you're dealing with middle school kids all the time? Trash bags. Lots of trash bags.
Betwixt: How Did You Not Kill Us? 4/18/2012
  So how do you handle your temper, as you undoubtedly face frustrating situations, maddening parents, difficult leaders, ridiculous expectations or out-of-control students?
Betwixt: Dealing with the Dreaded Drama 5/3/2012
  "Drama" is a bitter reality our kids deal with every day at school.
Murphy's Law and God's Whispers 3/31/2011
  You know, that whole thought that "anything that can go wrong will go wrong"? Yeah, I think I can confirm that it's true.
Betwixt: Expectations of Leaders 4/14/2011
  One of the most important elements of my entire ministry, without a doubt, is my leaders. Without them, I'd be floundering alone in a dark, dangerous, and life-sucking whirlpool.
Betwixt: The (Unexpected) Joys of Middle School Ministry 4/28/2011
  Sometimes, in the midst of our biggest struggles and most unbearable pains, God gives us a little glimpse of something incredible--our whisper of hope in a time when things seem the darkest.
Betwixt: Alone? Alienated? Abandoned? Nope! 6/24/2011
  A lot of us can feel like we're alone in our jobs, but we have a God who never leaves us.
Betwixt: Stealing Kids (Without Breaking the Law) 9/22/2011
  When I say "stealing kids," I mean the notion of capturing their attention completely with pure wonder at the work of the Holy Spirit, the creative genius of our Father God and the unimaginable love of our Savior Jesus.
Betwixt: Getting the Shy Ones to Talk 3/28/2013
  Some tips on working with the quieter students in your group and getting them to talk.
Hospitality How-To 5/12/2011
  As teachers and leaders and parents, it's up to us to model hospitality for our young students. When it's a priority for us, it will be easy for our students to emulate because they've seen us living it out.
Betwixt: The Elusive and Fleeting "Aha!" Moment 9/29/2011
  A light bulb going off in the mind of every kid sitting in your youth group or classroom is definitely not a guarantee in our line of work.
Betwixt: Keeping it Together 12/1/2011
  Leaders keep it together and do the right thing when everything else around them is falling apart.
Betwixt: Who We're Really Doing it For 4/16/2013
  It's not about what we're doing, but WHO we're doing it for.
Post-It Notes and the Pursuit of Perfection 2/26/2010
  Setting goals is a constant learning process--and it's no easy task. DCE Cassie Moore offers some tips on how to set goals and stick with them.
How to Help Youth Cope after a Suicide 3/26/2010
  Tips for leaders, with common questions youth may ask
Suicide Talks: The 3/26/2010
  A Bible study and talk sheet to use with youth struggling after the suicide of a friend or loved one, it can be used for youth wrestling with their own suicidal feelings, or it can be used for youth working through difficult topics they desire to know more about.
Arriving, Surviving and Thriving at Your Middle School Retreat 4/16/2010
  Planning a retreat for middle schoolers is an opportunity for you to invest in the growth of your students' spiritual lives, build relationships with them, and have a lot of fun together. Done properly, I believe a retreat can have a life-long impact.
Betwixt: Vanilla Frosting and Dirty Gym Towels Can Really Put Things in Perspective 8/11/2010
  on lessons learned in Middle School Ministry
Betwixt: Newborn Kittens in Shark-Infested Waters 8/25/2010
  on the faith life of tweens
Betwixt: When Your Roommate Cusses at the TV 9/23/2010
  thoughts on outreach
What Youth Want from their Leaders, Part 2 10/15/2010
  The conclusion to what youth are looking for from their leaders.
Betwixt: What Youth Want from their Leaders, Part 1 10/6/2010
  The longer I work with youth, the more I realize that I need to be plugged into them to really know what's going on beneath the surface and be effective in sharing Christ's incredible love with them.
Betwixt: Good Cop, Bad Cop--Can You Be Both? 11/4/2010
  Myths about discipline
Betwixt: They Think I'm Crazy...Until They See the Kids I Work With 1/5/2011
  As youth leaders, we need to know everything we can about our kids, so we can best learn how to work with them and help them grow in their faith. Here's a quick glimpse of what exactly we're dealing with when we talk about your average middle school student.
Betwixt: Good Cop, Bad Cop, part 2 11/24/2010
Betwixt: What Keeps Me Going? 1/20/2011
  Sometimes my job can drive me absolutely bonkers. Can anyone else relate?
Betwixt: When Middle Schoolers Strike Back (a personal anecdote) 2/3/2011
  I've learned a fearful lesson about pranking the hard way: Never give your secrets away to middle school youth.
Betwixt: Crickets Chirping Into the Silence - Tackling Student Prayer 2/17/2011
Betwixt: Adapting and Evolving 2/25/2011
  As unpredictable and ever-changing as our jobs are, that's the reality we have to live with as youth leaders. It's the nature of our ministry.
Handling the Bubbling Stew of Emotion 5/13/2011
  The passage from middle school to high school ministry is a significant occasion. Students facing this change are caught up in a mixture of excitement, dread, nervousness, poignant sentimentalism, and utter uncertainty.
Betwixt: Six Untrue Stereotypes of Middle School Ministry 3/8/2012
  There are countless misconceptions about middle school ministry. Some are well-founded, but other stereotypes of middle school ministry aren't quite accurate.
Why Fellow Leaders are Invaluable 3/22/2012
  When I know that my leaders are confidently operating in their God-given strengths, using the training we've given them, and impacting students positively in their faith, there's no music sweeter to my ears than that.
True Confessions of a Total Goofball, Part 1 9/6/2012
  Get inside the minds of two total goofballs with this interview from Cassie.
Betwixt: The Incredible Shrinking Attention Span 1/3/2013
  Some tips on how to help kids focused.
Betwixt: Puppy Love 2/19/2013
  Puppy love has hit your youth what do you do?
Taking Care of Yourself 3/14/2013
  As a leader, you need to take time to take care of yourself in order to better take care of those around you.
Betwixt: Crafting Relevant Lessons 5/31/2012
  My job is to know my students, to learn their struggles, and to come alongside and provide them with rich, thought-provoking materials and experiences that would fan the flames of their personal faith.
True Confessions of a Total Goofball Part 2 9/21/2012
  More insight on how to approach the goofballs in your group.
Betwixt: Gas Explosions in the Church? 10/25/2012
  Seize those teachable moments where ever they show up!
Betwixt: Why You Can Drag Kids Away from their Phones 1/28/2014
  Kids are gorging on technology and are starting to get sick of it.
Betwixt: The Moments that Matter Most 4/15/2014
  Sometimes the moments that matter the most to youth are the ones we don't expect.
Mosquito Bite Ministry 10/11/2012
  Even mosquitoes can give us something to think about.
The Slowly Deflating Youth Group 12/19/2012
  When doubt about your role in working with you creeps in, we find hope in Jesus.
Betwixt: Phrases Youth Leaders Never Want to Hear 1/24/2013
  There are phrases youth workers never want to hear. These are a few of them.
Betwixt: How to (Totally) Sabotage Youth Events 7/17/2013
  Looking for tips on working with youth? Don't try these things!
Betwixt: Just How Much Should You Let Them Get Away With? 6/18/2014
Dealing with Negativity 11/29/2012
  One of the most difficult parts of youth ministry is dealing with negativity.
Betwixt: Learning the Kind of Leader You Are 3/13/2014
  Listen to the counsel of the people around you to determine the kind of leader you are.
Betwixt: Six Phrases Every Teen Needs to Hear 8/19/2013
  Teens hear a lot of words from us. Here are a few that they MUST hear.
Betwixt: A Handy Survival Guide for Youth Trips 9/13/2013
  Some helpful tips for surviving a youth trip
Betwixt: Getting Along with Parents AND Youth 12/13/2013
  Do's and Don't's on working with parents and youth

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