Ministry at the Crossroads of Culture and Creativity

Have you ever pulled up to a busy crossroad or stoplight to find that something has happened?  Maybe the power has gone out or there has been an accident? People are coming and going from every direction, but in the middle of all of it is stands someone redirecting and pointing people where they need to […]

The Difference Between Program and Ministry

Years ago, I sat in at Youth Specialties National Youth Workers Convention, listening to Kara Powell, talk about her research connected to the new Sticky Faith book. I remember her on the main stage talking about programs being a tunnel to ministry but not being our ministry.  She warned the crowd to make sure to […]

Game of the Week: “Civil War Dodgeball”

Yet another twist on the old youth ministry classic dodgeball.  Just in case you are sick and tired of the same old week in and week out of playing dodgeball. “ A favorite around our 5th-8th grade ministries.  SUPPLIES: • Dodgeballs • Cones or a way to define a centerline GAMEPLAY: Quick explanation: A game of dodgeball where players […]

Top 10: Things I Have NEVER Heard a Middle School Student Say?

10.  I stopped coming to youth group because I didn’t like your theological stance on _______.  9.  We all really feel like you should wear skinny jeans and get more tattoos, so you can be more relevant.  8.  Tonight was way too much fun.  7.  Please stop sending me personal handwritten encouragement notes.  6.  My parents realized that […]

Top 10: “Daddy Always Said… (Youth Ministry Lessons)

Father Knows Best… Go Ask Your Father…  Fatherly Wisdom…  In Honor of Father’s Day, Coming Up This Sunday, Here Are 10 things “Daddy Always Said…” Growing Up, that May Also Still Apply In Your Youth Ministry Life?    10. “Walk It Off….“- Sometimes in ministry you are going to get hurt and you might just need to walk […]

Trip Hint/Help: Youth Pastor Box and Bag

For years I have created 2 things that have literally rescued my trips over and over again!   Whether it be summer camp, a mission trip, or a short retreat,   These 2 things have been my key resource for close to 20 years.   These are the “in-the-trenches”, “live-and-learn” resources that I have shared […]

“Why You Should Take Your Middle Years Students To Camp!”

In the era of summer mission trips to exotic places and high energy, huge conferences at the beach, is there still a place for summer camp?  Has the whole summer camp-thing seen its day?  Here are 10 Quick Thoughts, on WHY YOU SHOULD STILL TAKE YOUR MIDDLE YEARS (5th-9th Grader) STUDENTS TO CAMP?  10. Freedom to […]

Game of the Week: “Celebrity Prom!”

YOU WANNA DANCE? Work up the courage and ask a special friend to come up to join you.  It is time to go toe-to-toe to see if they can guess the celebrity before you can!  The winner continues on, the loser has a seat. Who will be crowned the King or Queen of “CELEBRITY PROM”!? […]

Free Mario Brothers-Themed Lesson: “Level Up”

Here is a quick FREEBIE lesson called “Level Up” just in time for Tomorrow’s Hilarious Holiday, National Mario Day! It is a lesson I taught last week at a local Christian school chapel.  The lesson is based on Romans 15:13 and the theme of “Hope”.  It is a quick exposition of the passage based on […]

National Oreo Day Game: “Oreo Twisted Trivia”

NATIONAL OREO DAY, MARCH 6TH IS COMING UP, NEXT WEEK! ARE YOU READY?  A twisted and fun trivia screen game about America’s favorite cookie OREOS!! This is the perfect anytime game to be played as small groups/teams, as individuals, or even an up-front face-to-face challenge. Find out how much your students really know about this […]