Holiday/Black Friday Deal: THREE FREE GAMES

TO THANK EVERYONE FOR ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT OVER THE LAST COUPLE MONTHS OF THIS SITE, AS I WENT THROUGH A DIFFICULT SEASON TRANSITIONING OUT OF MY CHURCH INTO A NEW CHURCH AFTER A “LAY-OFF” DUE TO COVID. I  WANT TO OFFER YOU UP A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU! HERE ARE THREE FREE GAMES ON US! […]

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 […]

Are You Cheating? (An Emotional Affair WITH Your Ministry)

An emotional affair is defined as, “A relationship, which excludes physical intimacy but includes emotional intimacy. A relationship…. other than with ones’ spouse that has an impact on the level of intimacy, emotional distance and overall dynamic balance in the marriage.” Does that sound at all familiar to you? How about if I was not […]

Game of the Week: “Planks-Giving” (Screen Game)

A Game Just in Time for Thanksgiving!  A Challenging Silly Trivia Screen Game Where Students Have to Decide if the Group Being Described is the PIRATES or PILGRIMS!?  A 10 Challenge Game, with 1 Bonus Tiebreaker! Includes: – 2 Powerpoint Presentations (editable and flat format) – Full set of all slides in JPEG format (1920 […]

Top 10: Youth Ministry Lessons from the Thanksgiving Table

HERE ARE TEN QUICK LESSONS ABOUT YOUTH MINISTRY, FROM THE FAMILY THANKSGIVING TABLE…  10. It is all about intergenerational connections.  9. Stories from the past, lead to teaching moments in the present. 8. Experiences are shared face-to-face, in circles not in rows.  7. Tradition is not a dirty word and can hold value for the […]

Beware of Ministry Pied Pipers

As the legend goes, the little town of Hamelin was overrun with rats.  Tried as they could the town could not get rid of the rats, then came a pied piper, a man dressed in fun colorful clothes and playing beautiful music.  He claimed he could rid the town of their problem for a rather […]

Top 10: The Heartaches of a Youth Pastor

10. Seeing A Key Leadership Student, Turn Away from God and Church.  9.  Trying to Give Comfort to a Student Feeling Like it Somehow Their Fault Their Parent’s Marriage Is Falling Apart. 8. Hearing the Story of A Student, Finally Revealing the Hidden Abuse That is Going on At Home.  7. Being Criticized for Decisions, […]

Video: “Gender Identity and the Bible (Mark Yarhouse)”

Recently, my church in the western suburbs of Chicago, not far from Wheaton College, as part of an ongoing series, invited Dr. Mark Yarhouse to speak to our church about “Gender Identity and the Bible”. Dr. Yarhouse is a well-known author and speaker on this matter, as well as doing much research and work in […]

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 […]

Building Blocks of Constructive Teaching

We all want the things we are teaching to last longer than the back door of our youth room. We teach lessons that need to last and become foundations for life. In order for us to do that, we must create youth ministry environments and lessons that give students the building blocks to construct for themselves […]