“Un-blurring the Lines” (appropriate relationship with students)

I read another story this morning of a former youth leader caught and arrested for an inappropriate relationship with a student.   My heart breaks every time I read one of these stories. The evening news, newspapers, and internet seems like a running weekly ticker update on the latest teacher, coach and yes,” youth pastors” […]

News U Can Use: “How Generation Z Became Generation Doom”

“It’s so hard to see the future right now,” says Maddy, a teenager from New Jersey. “I worry that the world is going to end. I worry because of climate change. I worry about my family’s safety.” Nancy, 17, is from Boise, Idaho. She rates how excited she is for the future a solid 1 […]

Bonus Top 10: “Youth Group Games I Will Never Play Again”

WE ALL HAVE THOSE MOMENTS.  MAYBE IT IS THE LACK OF SLEEP OR OVER CAFFIENATED BRAIN SYNDROME, BUT YOU DECIDE TO PLAY A GAME THAT YOU THINK WILL BE AMAZING, BUT IT IS NOT!!  HERE ARE 10 GAMES I HAVE PLAYED IN REAL-LIFE OVER 25 YEARS AND I WILL NEVER PLAY AGAIN…MAYBE…YEAH PROBALLY NOT?  10. Smear the Christian? (must like […]

5 Warning Signs of Selfish Leadership?

Mark 12:38-40: As he taught, Jesus said, “Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted with respected title in the marketplaces, and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets.They devour widows’ houses and for a show make […]

A 2-Minute Resource Review: “Ministry Win” (by Scott Talley)

We all want to win!  In our culture, we all know for the most part what is defined as a “win”.  We play sports and video games and we look at the score to see if we won or lost.  We look around us and we know who is “winning at life” and who is […]

Top 10: “You Might Be an Over-Protective Youth Group Parents”

I will not tell you which at least 6 of the 10  are real and which ones I made up?!!  You will just have to guess.  (*Hint: Truth is Stranger Than Fiction.) Feel free to use this at your next parent meeting or parent counseling session…maybe even your own personal therapy session! YOU MIGHT BE AN […]

Big Group Game: “TOE-Tilla TOE-Down” (Free)

It is Mexican Stand-Off… A Tortilla…Showdown!  You might even call it a “Toe-Tilla Toe-Down! A perfect game for your next Mexican-themed taco night!   SUPPLIES: Taco size soft tortillas, enough for every student GAME PLAY: Quick explanation: Players will have balance a tortilla on the toe of their shoe, while hopping on one foot and their hands behind […]

News U Can Use: “Gaming Company Join Forces Against Virtual Lootboxes”

“The three big console makers have just pledged to put an end to the “gambling” aspect of lootboxes, meaning the gaming industry might finally put this whole shady moneymaking operation behind us — and not a moment too soon. The Federal Trade Commission’s August workshop on lootboxes appears to have made some serious waves in […]

Ten Different Kinds of Youth Pastors/Directors/Leaders…

10. The Jock They are all about the game. Whether it is a sport, dodgeball, or something they just made up, it is on! They dress like your gym teacher and kind of act like them too. Lesson? Oh yeah we will hit that up at half time! 9. The Preacher Boy/Girl Straight out of […]

Why Kids Choose Sports Over Youth Ministry?

It is the that time of year again where we kick off our youth ministry year a few weeks behind all the end of summer sports practices and right around the same time as the all the regular fall sport season games.  We pour energy, time, and money into our new exciting youth ministry year, […]