Introducing: Letters to the Church

curriculum, Resources, youth ministry, Youth Specialties

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 wrote my own.

Introducing: Letters to the Church, on Youth Specialties! You can purchase a 6-week series for just $17. This is my first curriculum with my very own name on it (I wrote for YM360’s The Thread a few years back). I’m pretty proud of it, and I hope you find it to be original and helpful!

25 Christmas Activity Ideas

Youth Worker Journal

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 the post over at YouthWorker Journal!

Welcoming New Students

Youth Worker Journal

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 more about the changes we made over at YouthWorker Journal:

When Teens are Gay (and it’s okay)

Youth Specialties

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; but after being in community with gay Christians, my heart has been changed. I had the opportunity to share this view on YouthSpecialties, who had never had this progressive view shared. I was honored and scared out of my mind. I’d love for you to read that article here.