“5 Thoughts on Kick Off & What is Next” (Jay Reynolds)

Explosions, Confetti Cannons and Slime!  It is kickoff season and we should start the school year off with a BANG, so much noise that makes a sound louder than a school bell. Whatever your programming looks like during the summer, the MUCH anticipated beginning of the school year is upon us. It’s the calendar killer […]

2 Minute Resource Review: “A Biblical Theology of Youth Ministry” (Michael McGarry)

Disclaimer/Apology: I graciously received this book directly from the publisher before it even was available to buy.  Unfortunately I was in the midst of a surprise ministry transition, and was not able to sit down to completely read this book until recently.  I have carried this book in my backpack almost every day since I received […]

Top 10: REAL Reason for Being a Youth Ministry Volunteer?

I just wrapped up an amazing time over the last 2 weeks hanging out with and training a new team of volunteers at my new church.  I am so excited to hear the hearts of the team and why they are seeking to serve students   Over year, however, I have heard a wide variety […]

News U Can Use: “The High Cost of Kid’s Sports”

If you want to define a “super kid,” look no further than Marcy Barnett’s 7-year-old son, Malachi. During the summer in Washington, D.C., he participates in just about every recreational sport: basketball, soccer, flag football, sailing, tennis, swimming and golf. He also has tried ice hockey, pingpong and pole vaulting. Anyone else tired after just […]

Top 10: “New ‘PreachersNSneakers’ Wannabe Accounts?”

10. DeaconsNDockers: Following the fashionable board members of local churches across the country. Featuring the best in golf polos and double pleat khakis. 9.  MissionariesNMuumuus: For the fashion forward faithful servants around the globe, those dedicated men and women living the in the lap of luxury in 3rd world countries! 8. PreachersNPrivatejets: Not do be outdone by the “MissionariesNMuumuus” […]

Top 10: Reasons You Need to Take a Vacation This Summer

10. Your Spouse Needs IT!  (read into that however you like..) 9.  Your Kids Haven’t Seen You In Awhile. (If there is a picture of you on the fridge, just so they won’t forget what you look like during Camp, Mission Trips, and Summer Conferences…) 8. You Need a Tan. (the whole pasty white legs thing is really grossing everyone out, […]

“Middle Years Ministry Soul Care” (Caroline Smallwood)

A temptation in ministry is to go without stopping, give without receiving and work without ceasing. Although this usually comes from a good heart, it does not reflect Jesus’ ministry while on earth. When Jesus fed the 5,000 He gave more than He had to offer, but, immediately afterward He sent his disciples away so […]

Group Game: “Shaving Cream Baseball” (FREE)

Looking for a quick simple summer time twist on the classic whiffle ball game, consider adding some shaving cream for a super fun and messy game.  A few dollars for a whiffle ball, bat, and some shaving cream you have instagram-worthy fun night this summer!   A favorite around my ministries for years and we […]

Sunday Morning “Experience” OR Sunday Morning “Service”

I was at a church over that past couple years that insisted on using the word “EXPERIENCE” in describing their Sunday morning gathering.  The staff was not to use the word “SERVICE” as it was old fashion and out of date. I had thought about it quite a bit, as the change occurred, listening and […]

The Potential Energy of Middle Years Ministry (Matt Sprinkle)

The middle school years (11-14 years old) are one of the most misunderstood and under-appreciated developmental periods of human life. They’re misunderstood by adults in general, to be sure; and they’re misunderstood by churches more often than not.” -Mark Oestreicher & Scott Rubin This just happens to be the first two sentences in the introduction of Middle […]