Safe Sanctuaries

I was a teenager when I was first immersed in the sexuality conversation. A family member and I had an honest conversation about their struggle with homosexuality. This was back in the 80’s in the Midwest, wh...

Leading Teens toward the Older Generation

I was talking about the power of written communication with students in group this week.  We were discussing pros and cons about using social media, texting, and direct messaging to talk to each other. One ex...

How to Mess Up a Sex Talk

Here’s the story of a youth worker guy I know and the mistake he made that led him to getting fired. Immediately. I thought I was doing a good thing. I planned the lesson series around Christian Faith and Hum...

Is Modest Really Hottest?

At the wise old age of 16, my best friend, Brian, and I created a list of modesty rules for the girls in our youth group. You can imagine how this went over. While on a mission trip to Mexico, we formed a b...

Moving from Quiet Time to Solitude

A number of years ago, our church began to take seriously the call to spiritual formation. We became aware that it is quite possible to be busy with church activity, yet not transform in any meaningful way. W...

5 Ways to Get Out of a Youth Ministry Rut

Youth ministry may be more of a calling than a job, but that doesn’t mean it can’t get somewhat monotonous. When you keep doing your thing, year after year, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut. You throw a k...

Be Prepared…but Be Flexible

Just before Christmas, I was leading my sixth grade guys' small group in a conversation about the incarnation. My hope was to remind them this season was about more than presents and a break from school. Pretty...

Preparing to Encounter God Through Advent

Advent is the season of waiting, the season of preparation, the season of nearly but not yet. We prepare the manger, but the Baby isn't here yet. The season of Advent, traditionally the four weeks prior to Chr...