News U Can Use: “The High Cost of Kid’s Sports”

If you want to define a “super kid,” look no further than Marcy Barnett’s 7-year-old son, Malachi. During the summer in Washington, D.C., he participates in just about every recreational sport: basketball, soccer, flag football, sailing, tennis, swimming and golf. He also has tried ice hockey, pingpong and pole vaulting. Anyone else tired after just […]

“Middle Years Ministry Soul Care” (Caroline Smallwood)

A temptation in ministry is to go without stopping, give without receiving and work without ceasing. Although this usually comes from a good heart, it does not reflect Jesus’ ministry while on earth. When Jesus fed the 5,000 He gave more than He had to offer, but, immediately afterward He sent his disciples away so […]

The Potential Energy of Middle Years Ministry (Matt Sprinkle)

The middle school years (11-14 years old) are one of the most misunderstood and under-appreciated developmental periods of human life. They’re misunderstood by adults in general, to be sure; and they’re misunderstood by churches more often than not.” -Mark Oestreicher & Scott Rubin This just happens to be the first two sentences in the introduction of Middle […]

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

In the era of summer missions 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 it’s day?  Here are 10 Quick Thoughts, on WHY YOU SHOULD STILL TAKE YOUR MIDDLE YEARS STUDENTS TO CAMP?  10. Freedom to Worship, Sing […]

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 4-Step Process of Getting Middle Schoolers Involved” (Matt Sprinkle)

“Give it away.” This is a heavy suggestion forever etched into my brain by my mentor, quickly followed by the question, “what is the benefit in giving it away to (insert said person’s name)?” Think about this with me for a second. If we youth workers would take this question seriously, we would work ourselves […]

Easter/Lent Freebie Resource Collection!

Here is a “One Stop Shop” of Easter Time FREEBIES!   A collection of: – 10 Graphic Resources – 8 Video Resources – 15 Game Resources  – 11 Teaching Resources Enjoy, hope it saves you a couple minutes during this busy week!  MEDIA GRAPHICS: Easter: Greater Than (lesson series package) Easter Changes Everything (graphics) Celebrate Easter (graphic) Resurrection Title […]