The biggest impact we can have on young people in our communities is through teaching those in our fold leadership development skills. If we spend our time teaching our young Christian friends how to influence others, our efforts to spread the Gospel will multiply. As our country slowly lowers the expectations of our leaders, it… Continue reading Daring to Empower Teens with Compassionate Leadership Skills
Decency~Respect~Dignity: Talking Points around the Supreme Juridical Confirmation Hearing Introduction: This confirmation hearing has been just one more thing that separates our country. In an effort to show our young people that even if we disagree on issues, we can find common ground somewhere and walk away from discussions agreeing to disagree, still respecting and speaking… Continue reading Kavanaugh Hearing Sparks Critical Teaching Points for Teens
It doesn’t matter the size church , those who serve in youth ministry all share the same problem: teens are too busy for church! It is so hard to figure out what day of the week is best for the students in your youth group because they have practice EVERY day of the week. Sunday… Continue reading Reaching Teens Who Are Crammed For Time
Earlier this summer I had one of my past “youth group kids” reach out to me. This person is no longer a kid, but an adult with a family and a career. We have kept track of each other on social media, but haven’t actually spoken in 16 years. She was going through some tough… Continue reading Life After Youth Group. Two YA perspectives.
When you think about the leaders in your church, what comes to mind? Who are they? What are the requirements to be in those positions? What are their responsibilities? I have seen more times than not, churches being led by mainly men, particularly white and mostly those over the age of 50. Now, I don’t… Continue reading Not Safe for Church: 6th Commandment~Thou Shall Watch the Throne: Rethink Leadership
If I have said this once, I have said this a MILLION time to pastors and churches. Millennials tend to not be connected to your church because of your worship services! Not Safe for Church explains that the model of “Worship Plus Two” from the 1990s isn’t working any more. No longer can you expect… Continue reading Not Safe For Church: Fifth Commandment: Thou Shall Learn How We Roll: Create New Entry Points
I think most of us have experienced one time or another, feeling like an outsider, inside a church. If you haven’t experienced it yourself, maybe you have had a conversation with someone who doesn’t feel like they are welcomed. You know, we can’t have “them” in the church, they wear jeans, have tattoos, or have… Continue reading Not Safe for Church: Fourth Commandment-Thou Shall Check Yourself before You Wreck Yourself. Provide inclusive worship and Bible study.