3 Ways to Get Students Into Church

Can the teenagers in your church tell you what the inside of the sanctuary looks like when there isn’t a dodge ball game going on? Do they know what to do when the offering plate is passed their way? When...

Team Building for Mission Trips

Successful mission trips require preparation. Proper preparation builds and unifies teams, roots them in Scripture, equips them for cross-cultural ministry, and focuses them on Christ. Regardless of what type o...

Managing Expectations

Do you know what is expected of you as a youth pastor or youth leader? And do your youth leaders know what is expected of them and what they can expect from you?Communicating expectations and thereby managing t...

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...

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.

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...