8 Ideas for Leading the Next Generation

Any leader working with the youth of America can attest to the fact this generation is different than all others before it. Today's youth speak in a language we don't always understand, run circles around us wi...

What’s Missing?

This young youth worker had been at her church for a couple of years, but this was the first time we were able to carve out time to chat. Up to that point, we spoke of the usual things: involvement, small gr...

Why You Need To Get Out Of Town

My wife and I were portaging. For the uninitiated, that's a fancy French word for "carrying a canoe over your head, until you wish God would carry you to heaven."

You Need to Take Care of Yourself

I’m not really a fan of the term self-care. Not only does it sound trendy, which is generally a bad omen for any idea, but trendy often describes something that is a passing fad, an idea or concept that som...

Transforming Teens through Small Groups

Recently while sitting at a round table discussion with several youth pastors I was surprised when one of them declared, “I hate small groups, they never work and so we don’t bother to have them anymore.”...

Don’t Freak Out!

Don’t Freak Out! That’s what I was telling myself when my middle school daughter stood at my bedroom door asking for a condom. Yes. My daughter was asking for a  c. o. n. d. o. m. I pretended to be calm an...

Two Inconvenient Boys

"If those two are allowed to keep coming, then my boys will not be coming to youth group anymore." This father's words were as hard as rock, and I knew it wasn't an idle threat. The anger that seeped through h...