Running The Race Together (Why My Wife is Involved in My Ministry)

Her Talents are not my Talents. I am not being sexist, your wife does things better than you do. She is going to have natural abilities and gifts that you don’t have, that is why God has brought her into your life. She “completes you” or I hope so?  She is my BFF.  Ministry is […]

Student Ministry Game of the Week: “Gummy Bear Beard”

SUPPLIES: 2 cups of water 2 large bags of gummy bears (or gummy candy of your choice) 2 bowls 2 chairs 60-second egg timer or multimedia countdown clock GAMEPLAY: Quick explanation: Player will have to create a beard out of gummy bears on their partner’s face in the time allowed by wetting the gummy bears […]

News U Can Use: “Teen TikTok Stars Making More Money Than Their Parents”

“Josh Richards started uploading videos to the popular app TikTok — then called “Musical.ly” — more than three years ago. “My sister was on the app and she made a video with me. It did really well on her account, so I decided to make an account for myself,” Richards said. During the summer of […]

Top 10: Things You DO NOT What to Hear Your Custodian Say…

Dedicated to our hard-working staff of custodians around our churches, that put up with us and our students.  They are the unsung heroes of youth ministry.   I have actually had some of our maintenance staff as small group leaders, over the years. A super-smart move on a bunch of levels (*free hint!!)  10.  I was thinking […]

Beware of Ministry Pied Pipers

As the legend goes, the little town of Hamelin was overrun with rats.  Tried as they could the town could not get rid of the rats, then came a pied piper, a man dressed in fun colorful clothes and playing beautiful music.  He claimed he could rid the town of their problem for a rather […]

Game of the Week: Rubber Chicken Basketball (Big Group Game)

A Classic That I Have Been Playing For Years With My Groups… Because When All Else Fails, Add a Rubber Chicken to Your Game!?? Supplies: – 1 rubber chicken (*preferably one with a noisemaker) – Basketball court with 2 hoops (OR 2 large clean trash cans) – Whistle – 2 large sticks (broomstick or something similar) […]

Hints/Helps: “Successful Big Parent Meetings”

Parent meetings can be intimidating but they do not have to be.  So many youth leaders/pastor dread these meetings, as moments where they are put on the spot, questioned, or even feel like they are being critiqued.   Often younger leaders feel threatened, put-down, or disrespected as they walk away from these important meetings.  Parent […]

Top 10: Christ-Centered Youth Ministry or Student-Center Youth Ministry

Like many homes where adults choose to make the children the center of attention and decision making, there are ALSO many youth ministries and churches that are doing the SAME thing.   Like homes that are consumed with making sure children are not bored or unhappy, we as youth ministries may also be unknowingly doing the […]

Defining Success In Youth Ministry!

People all the time ask me “how do you define success?” or “how do I know I am being successful?”  It fills blogs, books, and staff meetings.  It is the make or break for many in youth ministry, and often is the difference between keeping or losing a job. It is tricky question with a […]

Upfront Challenge: “Baked Bean Bubble Blow”

IT IS PRETTY MUCH WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE! A LOT OF BEANS, A LITTLE BIT OF BUBBLE GUM! A WHOLE LOT OF LAUGHS AND INSTAGRAM-ABLE OPPORTUNITIES!  Supplies: – 2 Extra Large Cans of Baked Beans – 2 Pie Pans/Bowls – 1 Bag of Chewing Gum – A Tarp or Drop Clothe Set Up: – Unwrap an equal […]