Holiday/Black Friday Deal: THREE FREE GAMES

TO THANK EVERYONE FOR ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT OVER THE LAST COUPLE MONTHS OF THIS SITE, AS I WENT THROUGH A DIFFICULT SEASON TRANSITIONING OUT OF MY CHURCH INTO A NEW CHURCH AFTER A “LAY-OFF” DUE TO COVID. I  WANT TO OFFER YOU UP A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU! HERE ARE THREE FREE GAMES ON US! […]

Are You Cheating? (An Emotional Affair WITH Your Ministry)

An emotional affair is defined as, “A relationship, which excludes physical intimacy but includes emotional intimacy. A relationship…. other than with ones’ spouse that has an impact on the level of intimacy, emotional distance and overall dynamic balance in the marriage.” Does that sound at all familiar to you? How about if I was not […]

Top 10: Worst Reasons For Doing Youth Ministry the Way You are Doing It?

10.  It is what my own youth group did when I was in youth group? 9.  It is what the church has always done?  8.  I just don’t feel like being creative? 7.  It is the easiest way?  6.  It is all I know?  5.  It is what I read in a book or heard […]

Hint/Help: 15 Appropriate Halloween/Fall Movies? (Movie Nights)

Here is a list I have posted in the past and was recently asked about again, so I decided to repost it with a few updates!  Obviously, this is still a bit of a delicate topic with “Halloween” parties vs. “Fall/Harvest” parties so please do not be offended. Here are a few that MIGHT work for […]

Building Blocks of Constructive Teaching (Part 2)

Last Week, I introduced the educational concept of “constructivism.” In case you missed it, “constructivism” is an understanding of how a learner builds knowledge for themselves through the building blocks of discovery, hands-on, experiential, collaborative, project-based, and task-based learning in order to engage knowledge. But beyond these educational building blocks, what are the spiritual building […]

Building Blocks of Constructive Teaching

We all want the things we are teaching to last longer than the back door of our youth room. We teach lessons that need to last and become foundations for life. In order for us to do that, we must create youth ministry environments and lessons that give students the building blocks to construct for themselves […]

“Why Are You Hitting Yourself?” (dealing with micromanagers & bullies)

We all know the time-honored phrase and what accompanies it, “Why are you hitting yourself?”  It is repeated by older siblings, classmates, and others as they grab our hand, overpower us, and beat us silly.   While it may not happen physically to us, as we get older and stronger, it still does sometimes happens […]

Ten Youth Ministry Lessons from the DMV

My wife and I recently moved to a new area and ministry.  Last weekend we decided to change over our driver’s licenses to the new state going from Pennsylvania to Illinois.   We swung back the Panera to grab some breakfast and arrived at 7:30 am to quickly go through the process.  Knowing how DMV’s […]

A Leader OF Leaders OR A Leader WITH Leaders?

It was years ago, I sat on the other side of his desk.   I was new and it was just a few weeks into my new job.  I was excited because it was going to be my first time working in a church with another youth pastor on staff with me.  I had been additionally […]