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 […]

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: “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 […]

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 […]

M2P Featured Post:”5 Communication Mistakes Leaders Make with Volunteers”

“As ministry leaders, most of us are paid communicators. Our churches and organizations give us the mic and turn up the volume when we have something to say. It is our job to be the upfront and loud person. For some reason, though, many leaders are just not very clear when it comes to communicating […]

Top 10: Ways You Might Be Losing Respect as a Youth Leader?

10. Your Pants.  Put some on! The cut-off jean shorts or your baggy basketball shorts were just not the right pick for doing grandma Jone’s funeral last week. 9. Your Car. Your students think ithe tinted windows and low riding is cool but your Sr. Pastor gets kind of nervous every time you say, “You got caught […]

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 […]