Top 10: If We Allowed Restaurants Chains to Run Our Church?

10. McDonald’s: Parents put up with going there, because the kids love the playland?   9. Burger King: Have It Your Way Sermons?  8. Taco Bell: Same sermon content every week,  just with a different title and packaging?  7. KFC: Original or Extra Crispy Theology of the Final Judgements?   6. Dunkin’ Donuts: Full-Immersion Baptism, Of Course?  5. Wendy’s: Known for […]

Top 10: “Rockstar Ways to End Your Lesson?”

I don’t know about you but I am always trying to find a way to “land the plane” at the end of my lesson? Do I go emotional, quiet, or loud?  Do leave it off with a little something to come back for next week?   Then I read a great post by John Cooper, […]

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? […]

Christmas Game of the Week: “Stocking Stuffers”

The Stockings Are Hung By the Chimney with Care, But Can You Tell What Is In There!? A Christmas Game Stuffed with Surprises That Will Be Sure to Get Your Students Laughing and Guessing. A Simple Game Where Student Must Guess Correctly What the Strange Shape is Hidden in the Christmas Stockings!  A 10 Challenge Game, […]

Top 10: “Other December Holidays to Celebrate with Your Students”

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT TO CELEBRATE WITH YOUR STUDENTS DURING THE MONTH OF DECEMBER!?  WANT TO CHANGE IT UP A BIT OR LOOKING FOR A THEME FOR FOOD, GAMES, OR EVEN A LESSON?  CONSIDER THESE HILARIOUS HOLIDAYS FOR DECEMBER  10: Dec. 5th: Day of the Ninja  9: Dec. 7th: National Cotton Candy Day 8. Dec. […]

New Lesson Series: “Young”

A 3-Week Series about what God has to say about being “Young”. Each lesson is written uniquely breaking up the upfront speak by using discussions throughout, instead of all at the end either with a partner, small group or as a big group discussion.   These questions can easily be used or moved to the […]

Top 10: Worst Reasons For Doing Youth Ministry the Way You are Doing It?

10.  It is what my own youth group did when I was in youth group? 9.  It is what the church has always done?  8.  I just don’t feel like being creative? 7.  It is the easiest way?  6.  It is all I know?  5.  It is what I read in a book or heard […]

Building Blocks of Constructive Teaching (Part 2)

Last Week, I introduced the educational concept of “constructivism.” In case you missed it, “constructivism” is an understanding of how a learner builds knowledge for themselves through the building blocks of discovery, hands-on, experiential, collaborative, project-based, and task-based learning in order to engage knowledge. But beyond these educational building blocks, what are the spiritual building […]

“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 […]

Top 10: “Other” Jobs That a Youth Pastor Does?

10. Psychologist/Psychiatrist (able to fix any mental disorder for any student in 15 minutes or less…guaranteed! ) 9. Custodian (responsible to clean anything, everything and all carpet stains around the building no matter if the youth group made it or not) 8. Bus Mechanic (can fix any bus with a roll of duct tape, chicken […]