How to Mess Up a Sex Talk

Here’s the story of a youth worker guy I know and the mistake he made that led him to getting fired. Immediately. I thought I was doing a good thing. I planned the lesson series around Christian Faith and Hu...

Is Modest Really Hottest?

At the wise old age of 16, my best friend, Brian, and I created a list of modesty rules for the girls in our youth group. You can imagine how this went over. While on a mission trip to Mexico, we formed a b...

Moving from Quiet Time to Solitude

A number of years ago, our church began to take seriously the call to spiritual formation. We became aware that it is quite possible to be busy with church activity, yet not transform in any meaningful way. W...

Digging in to Christmas

It can be difficult to engage teens in a conversation about Christmas. Here's a Bible study that will help you get them talking, and digging into scripture. We've also created a downloadable powerpoint and pdf ...

Preparing to Encounter God Through Advent

Advent is the season of waiting, the season of preparation, the season of nearly but not yet. We prepare the manger, but the Baby isn't here yet. The season of Advent, traditionally the four weeks prior to Chr...

The Human Christmas Tree

For this game, each team will decorate one of its own members as a human Christmas tree using the following: crepe paper streamers, paper ornaments, face paint, color markers, masking tape and a paper star tre...

Game: Christmas Hunt

This Christmas version of the traditional scavenger hunt makes for some fun house-to-house travel and also can connect your teenagers to the wider congregation. Make a list of items people traditionally would ...

Can God Ever Really Forgive Me?

Over the last 25 years of teaching and training thousands of Christian teenagers across the nation, I’ve encountered countless young people who have struggled with sexual shame. For some, it is guilt as a r...

Take the Advent Adventure

Quick Backdrop Advent. Some church traditions observe an Advent season while others do not. Regardless of your tradition, the season of Advent is an opportunity to filter out the busyness and distractions of t...