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: “Pumpkin Face” (Up Front Partner Challenge)

Supplies: – 2 Rolls of Orange Crepe Paper – 2-4 Sheets of Black Dot Labels Set-Up: – 2 Chairs Up Front  Explanation/Play: Simple Explanation: One player will quickly wrap another player’s face completely in orange crepe paper and then using black stickers to decorate them as fall “jack o lantern”!  GamePlay: – Have 2 teams […]

News U Can Use: “Teens Ban From Trick-or-Treating”

“Last Halloween, one Virginia city went viral for banning anyone 13 years and older from trick-or-treating.  No, it wasn’t a story on The Onion. It was real. The city of Chesapeake drew national scrutiny – and social media uproar – for its decades-old ordinance that could fine or jail teens caught in costume with a sack full […]

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 here on the new site.  Obviously this is still a bit of delicate topic with “Halloween” parties vs. “Fall/Harvest” parties so please do not be offended. Here are a few […]

Free/Cheap Event Idea: “The Great Pizza Taste-Off”

WHO HAS THE BEST PIZZA IN TOWN?  WHO IS THE ABSOLUTELY BEST PIZZA STYLE, SAUCE, FAVOR?  WHICH PLACE IN TOWN IS YOUR GROUP’S FAVORITE?  WHOEVER IS WILLING TO GIVE YOU THE BEST DEAL OR THE ONE THAT IS ACTUALLY THE BEST?  THERE IS A WAY TO FIND OUT AND HAVE A FREE EVENT NIGHT… “THE […]

“5 Thoughts on Kick Off & What is Next” (Jay Reynolds)

Explosions, Confetti Cannons and Slime!  It is kickoff season and we should start the school year off with a BANG, so much noise that makes a sound louder than a school bell. Whatever your programming looks like during the summer, the MUCH anticipated beginning of the school year is upon us. It’s the calendar killer […]

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 […]

Top 10: “New ‘PreachersNSneakers’ Wannabe Accounts?”

10. DeaconsNDockers: Following the fashionable board members of local churches across the country. Featuring the best in golf polos and double pleat khakis. 9.  MissionariesNMuumuus: For the fashion forward faithful servants around the globe, those dedicated men and women living the in the lap of luxury in 3rd world countries! 8. PreachersNPrivatejets: Not do be outdone by the “MissionariesNMuumuus” […]

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, […]

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 […]