Find a Safety

There’s a position on a football team that is somewhat unique - the Safety. The Safety plays defense and stands towards the back of the field, the furthest away from the football that you could imagine. The...

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, ...

Valentine’s Day Discussion Starters

Much of what we know about Saint Valentine has been lost to story and legend. We know he was a priest who went about Rome marrying Christian couples when that sort of thing was frowned upon by the leadership at...

8 Keys for Discerning How Families Function

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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...

Feeding Your Hungry Soul

I was reading through Arnold van Gennep's 1909 classic, The Rites of Passage, which argued that separation, transition and incorporation were three stages that mark the passage from childhood to adulthood and ...

Hard Times Roundtable

  In youth ministry, there’s no shortage of rough patches. You think you’ve got the lock-in planned, scheduled and effectively organized, and the location calls at the last minute and cancels your res...

Check Your Ego at the Door

Several years ago, I learned a lesson.  It's a hard lesson, and like most hard lessons, it hurt to learn, and it's a valuable lesson, and like most of the good lessons, I sometimes need to re-learn it.  So, i...