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
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.