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: “Gen Z Influence 90% of Parent Spending”

Thoughts and Discussion After Reading the Below “News U Can Use”? – How is Gen Z influencing the families of your ministry tithing/giving? – How is Gen Z spending influencing the cost of events, activities, and trips in your ministry? – How much is your church spending (what % of the budget) is spent on […]

Game of the Week: “Facing the Gauntlet” (Free)

It is more than another game of dodgeball or nerf wars battle….It is THE GAUNTLET!  SUPPLIES: – Projectiles (suggested: marshmallows, dodge balls, nerf guns, finger blasters, and beanie babies) – Some long church tables – A large room or a long hallway PLAYING/EXPLANATION: Simple explanation:  One group of students have to run from point to another, while […]

Love the Games, Love the Players! (creating & running games)

“I hate games—organizing, running and trying to get my kids to play them.”  How many times have you said or thought something similar? On the list of priorities, game playing often does not rank high. You have precious little time with students. Why use it up on games?  Here is why. Middle Years Students still enjoy, need and […]

“Ten Things Personally Holding Your Ministry Back?”

What is keeping your ministry back?  What are things that might be keep you and your ministry from God’s best and blessing?  Here are 10 Things That Are Personally Holding Your Ministry Back….  10. Your Personal Pride (Prov. 16:18) 9. Your Personal Insecurities (Phil. 4:6-9) 8. Your Personal Purity (Titus 1:15) 7. Your Personal Preferences (John 3:30) […]

Top 10: Ways That Senior Saints and Youth Group Students are the SAME?!

10. Forgetful, easily distracted, and often wander off for no apparent reason?  9. Groups of “Catty” gossiping females?   8. Clothes that look like it belongs in a thrift store?  7. Words, lingo & jokes no one else get?  6. Just want to hang out and talk in their cliques, and get annoyed by 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 […]

News U Can Use: “What is Cyber Flashing? (Information for Parents)

“Sharing is caring! For many of today’s adults, we were taught about “stranger danger” and our risks of being exposed to indecency and danger were more physical than for today’s children because we did not have the internet. Today’s kids, however, face more insidious threats to their mental and emotional well-being that are constantly shifting […]

60 Second Hints: Ways Keep Yourself & Your Ministry Culturally Relevant

Here is your 60 seconds to a more culturally relevent ministry and to keep yourself at least aware of popular culture, remembering that every area, group, and church is it’s own sub-culture . What is “in”, current and relevant nationally or other places may not necessarily always be what is current in your context, so […]

5 Warning Signs of Selfish Leadership?

Mark 12:38-40: As he taught, Jesus said, “Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted with respected title in the marketplaces, and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets.They devour widows’ houses and for a show make […]