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: Youth Ministry Lessons from the Thanksgiving Table

HERE ARE TEN QUICK LESSONS ABOUT YOUTH MINISTRY, FROM THE FAMILY THANKSGIVING TABLE…  10. It is all about intergenerational connections.  9. Stories from the past, lead to teaching moments in the present. 8. Experiences are shared face-to-face, in circles not in rows.  7. Tradition is not a dirty word and can hold value for the […]

Top 10: The Heartaches of a Youth Pastor

10. Seeing A Key Leadership Student, Turn Away from God and Church.  9.  Trying to Give Comfort to a Student Feeling Like it Somehow Their Fault Their Parent’s Marriage Is Falling Apart. 8. Hearing the Story of A Student, Finally Revealing the Hidden Abuse That is Going on At Home.  7. Being Criticized for Decisions, […]

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 […]

Last Minute SCARY Costumes for Youth Pastors?

10. An Old 15 Passenger Church Van (Packed for a Long Trip)  9.  An Angry or Offended Youth Group Parent  8.  A Middle School Boy Drinking a Monster (run away…run away)  7.  THE Youth Group Mean Girl (she scares me to DEATH!!)  6.  The Walking Dead… (I mean “Senior Ladies Easter Liturgical Dance Team”)  5.  A […]

Top 10: Your Youth Pastor is SO Out of Touch…

10. They Think Instagram is Putting Your Grandma On Speed Dial? 9. They Think Snapchat is when they Snap Their Fingers at You When You are Talking During Their Lesson? 8.  They Got a TikTok Account to Post Videos of Their Watch & the Times When Youth Group is Meeting?  7. They went to Starbucks […]

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 […]

Game of the Week: “Use Your Noodle Charades”

QUICK, HILARIOUS EASY GAME, WITH LITTLE PREP. GREAT FOR REGULAR YOUTH GROUP NIGHT OR A WAY TO USE A FEW OF THOSE LEFTOVER POOL NOODLES FROM SUMMER…  SUPPLIES: • 2-3 long pool noodles • Pack of index cards • Pen/Marker GAMEPLAY: Quick explanation: A twist on the charades where teams will work to guess what the […]

“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 […]