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."

Asking Strategic Questions

Asking good questions can be far more beneficial than arriving at quick solutions. Sometimes it is important to take the time to reflect on our questions before acting.

Idea: Give Away Valentine Cards

For a different spin on Valentine's Day for the group, I invited in a divorced single mom to lead them in an art project. Too often Valentine's Day has a focus on young love. I wanted to redirect that focus tow...

Devo: Sharing the Valentine’s Day Love

The Word Proverbs 2:1-11 (TNIV) "My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding—indeed, if you call out for insi...

Game: Last One Standing

Bring two students to the front. Tell them they must take turns speaking. The object of the game is to say the title of any song from any decade that contains the word love. Each player has 10 seconds to respon...