Youth Pastors say the most difficult part of the job is managing ministry with the lives of busy families. But we want nothing more than to support parents during the teen years. On today’s podcast we talk with a mom of 4 young adults that grew up in church and youth group. She shares why… Continue reading A Parent’s Perspective
Some of the most profound quotes come in the beginning of the book, “Canoeing the Mountains” by Tod Bolsinger. He shares this from page 32, “Steve Yamaguchi, dean of students at Fuller Theological Seminary, says that when his spiritual director took a flying lesson, he asked the instructor why they use flight simulators so much. … Continue reading Drop Your Canoes!
One of the hardest parts of youth ministry is finding enough volunteers. I don’t care how big your church is, or how many teens are connected to the ministry, EVERYONE is in need of more help! If you are at the end of your rope, wondering where to look for another warm body, believe me,… Continue reading Don’t Be a Lone Ranger
I read this book at the end of last year, and if you have had any ministry conversations with me, I have probably mentioned it to you. If you are in ministry right now, and especially a United Methodist (pastor or laity) I HIGHLY recommend this book! Tod Bolsinger, the author, connects the Lewis and… Continue reading Leave the Canoes Behind
Mission trips have become a staple for many youth ministries. All school year is spent raising money for the trip. Youth leaders spend time recruiting enough adult volunteers with the right skills. Vans are rented. Then the time comes for everyone to pile in for the selected destination to do God’s work for a week. … Continue reading Do all the good you can…
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