The Difference Between Middle Years and High School Years

THE MIDDLE YEARS ARE NOT A TIME FOR ‘DRESSED UP’ CHILDREN’S MINISTRY OR ‘DUMBED DOWN’ HIGH SCHOOL MINISTRY.IT IS NOT A TIME TO ‘WAIT & SEE’ OR ‘HOLD ON UNTIL YOU GET OLDER’ MIDDLE YEARS STUDENTS NEED A ‘YOUTH MINISTRY’ EXPERIENCE OF THEIR OWN UNIQUE AS THEY ARE! 10. Preparing For Spiritual Life vs. Repairing […]

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 […]

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 […]

Top 10: Reasons You Need to Take a Vacation This Summer

10. Your Spouse Needs IT!  (read into that however you like..) 9.  Your Kids Haven’t Seen You In Awhile. (If there is a picture of you on the fridge, just so they won’t forget what you look like during Camp, Mission Trips, and Summer Conferences…) 8. You Need a Tan. (the whole pasty white legs thing is really grossing everyone out, […]

“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”!? […]

Hint/Help: Youth Ministry Lesson “Take-A-Longs”: Making Your Lessons Last

Everything is mobile and portable in our world, why not your lesson? We all want our lessons to be remembered. We always say things like “take this with you this week”. I know I am always looking for ways to make the ideas and lesson topics stick with our students. Why not create what we […]

Game of the Week: “Mascot Madness” (Food Edition)

Do you know Captian Crunch’s REAL Name?  What about the Lucky Charms guy? In this version of Mascot Madness, take a walk down the grocery aisle and get to know who is really looking at you from the off the shelf! A 10 Question Trivia Game, with 1 Bonus Tiebreaker! Includes: – 2 Powerpoint Presentations […]

Ten Quick Real-Life, In-the-Trenches Youth Ministry Hints

10. Never Buy More than a Couple Extra T-shirts Than You Have Kids and Leaders. (the leftovers will haunt you for years) 9. Never Pre-Buy Tickets for Events, Before You Know Who is Going. (you will lose money every time, pre-sign up & pre-pay always) 8.  Always Bring a Fully Stocked First Aid Kit with You. […]

Hitting a “Home Run” Lesson Every Week

The conversation would be similar each week as I walked through the plan for that night and it would always end the same before I left the office. I would be asked about my lesson. Each time I would hear the same thing… “Is it a home run, a triple, a double, or a single? […]