Top 10: “Ways to Help Your Students Return to In-Person School”

10. Offer Students an Open Discussion Time to Talk, Before and After Their First Week.  9. Be Available Virtually and In-Person After-School.  8. Support Parents in the Process. 7. Teach a Late “Back to School” Lesson to Help Students Prepare to Return to In-Person Learning.  6. Offer a “Virtual” Study Hall for Students to Meet […]

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 […]

Engaging Middle School Students in Small Groups

She was awkwardly staring me down, like only a middle school girl with a little too much attitude could. We had dismissed into small groups a while ago. I had asked her a simple question, “Why aren’t you in your small group?” She rolled her eyes, explaining she didn’t want to go to small group […]

Top 10: Ways To Include Your Spouse in Your Ministry!?

My wife is super involved in what I do in youth ministry, and always has been in various ways, depending on our season of ministry.   We will soon be celebrating 20 years of marriage but 22 years of doing ministry together.  I am blessed that she is as called to youth ministry as I […]

Hints/Helps: “Successful Big Parent Meetings”

Parent meetings can be intimidating but they do not have to be.  So many youth leaders/pastor dread these meetings, as moments where they are put on the spot, questioned, or even feel like they are being critiqued.   Often younger leaders feel threatened, put-down, or disrespected as they walk away from these important meetings.  Parent […]

News U Can Use: “Will Teens Ever Be the Same After the Virus”

“There will be no graduation for the Class of 2020 — at least not one that would’ve forced seniors to wake up early and file into an auditorium with their peers, dressed in flimsy gowns and caps they’ve been told they can’t throw. Prom is canceled, too — so the budget that would’ve covered the […]

“Welcome To Our House: Engaging Gen Z”

The shift has finally happened.  It has taken the church and youth ministry 10+ years to catch up to what the world, marketing, and research has been talking about, Generation Z.  This is a marked improvement to the previous turnaround time for the church when it came to Generation X and Millennials.  Thanks, in great part to […]

“4 Duties You Still Need To Do During Quarantine Ministry” (Todd Jones)

Shelter in place, quarantine, and social distancing all make doing ministry the way we are accustomed to very difficult. Our weeks have been flipped upside down and our workflows are completely trashed as we all try to figure out what to do moving forward. Clearly there are many things we have to stop doing during […]

REAL Top 10: Ways to Save Your Marriage AND Your Ministry

10. Stay Faithfulness- Don’t be checking out other people’s… 9. Have Fun- Enjoy and learn to laugh. Learn to laugh at yourself. 8. Be a Planner- Make plans and stick with them, what you say you will do…do! 7. Just Relax- Take and find time to relax, catch a breath, and just chill out. 6. […]