Should you Brand your Youth Ministry?

Branding youth ministries is not a new idea. Gone are the days of using a piece of clipart and a strange acronyms, like the phone tree and the disposable camera.  Youth ministry has evolved, and branding is ...

17 Resolutions for 2017

Each year I resolve to do one thing that will improve my life. Whether you love resolutions or think they are dumb, here is a list of 17 things that could improve your quality of life in ’17. Read one ...

Creating a Healthy 2017

Ready or not, 2017 is here... Hopefully you’ve got some extra time off (or at least some slower days) between Christmas and the New Year’s celebrations. Here are some tips on how to make that time count to...

Using Social Media to Build Community

The parachurch ministry, Young Life, has a saying in regards to contact work. They say that in order to reach teens you need to “go where kids are”.  This may be hard for us to comprehend because many of u...

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...

4 Ways To Respond To Unchurched Students

One of my favorite bands is Need To Breathe. The end of one of the chourses for their song "The Outsider's" goes like this: And through everything we've learned We've finally come to terms We are the ...

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...