Hi all! A few years ago, as I was writing the New Testament year for our middle school ministry's rotation, I realized that there were no series out there on the Epistles. None. Nada. There are stories on Galatians, or Corinthians, or Philippians, but none that highlight each book and some of their core teachings. So I... Continue Reading →
I compiled a list of ideas for service projects, games, events, and more--enough for each day of Christmas.I've used all of these ideas in some way over the last six years, both in small groups and large groups. I combine many ideas into our yearly Overnighter, and plan to use them this month! Check out... Continue Reading →
As people who dedicate our lives ministering to students, sometimes we believe we know the best for them. I had a humbling encounter with a parent who I judged harshly, and it has changed my life. Read about it here at YouthWorker Journal: http://www.youthworker.com/walking-in-the-shoes-of-a-parent/
It’s a new school year, which means that lots of families are checking out new churches for their teenagers. We used to not be very good at welcoming new visitors or friends brought by our students, but since we’ve made some simple changes, we’re seeing a changed atmosphere and a new passion for inviting. Read... Continue Reading →
Over the past few years, as our team has discussed how to make church life translate to busy parents, we've gotten more intelligent about the way we kick off the school year. Click here to read more!
I grew up in one of the most conservative denominations in the United States, and it took a long journey to come to include and affirm people who are different from me. One of the people groups who I now embrace and love is the LGBTQ+ community. Most Christians still put this community at lengths;... Continue Reading →
My latest post is over at YouthWorker Journal--on the best practice I've found to get better at teaching: video-taping yourself. You can find the link here: http://www.youthworker.com/youth-culture/up-your-speaking-game/
I LOVE OVERNIGHTERS. They are exhausting, though. How can you hack a great evening? Check that out here: http://www.youthworker.com/programming/7-overnighter-themes-that-will-up-your-game/