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...

Helping Parents Engage their Kids

  When scuba divers are down deep, it is easy for them to become confused and disoriented. Since water diffuses light, divers often find themselves surrounded by illumination, making it difficult to dis...

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."

My Favorite Youth Ministry Books

Some of the best resources I’ve found for curriculum, for understanding myself, and for better understanding my youth and their families. Hint: They’re usually not explicitly Christian.

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...

Helping Youth Rediscover Faith Through Science

A long time ago, in a time period far, far away… I grew up reading X-Men, The Fantastic Four, Thor, and The Avengers comics. Hollywood has repopulated these stories for a new generation. In the imagination ...

Helping Students Push-Back on Technology

Something said by media critic Marshall McLuhan may have initially fallen on deaf ears, but its truths scream loudly about the contemporary power of media, technology, and electronic tools. McLuhan once said, ...