Gain wisdom from youth ministry veterans, stay up to speed on current youth culture and tips on how to engage it, be encouraged in your own walk with meaningful soul care resources, and become a more effective youth worker with practical ministry tools you can apply this week.
For 15 years my family and I have spent our summers travelling and speaking at various camps across our country. I thought I understood what it meant to be a “camp youth worker”. Last summer my eyes were opened in a new way. My wife became the Program Director at...read more
Here's a tool I've used for many years to help me come up with creative ideas for livening up a lesson, spicing up a sermon, or tricking out a talk. I’ve taken the time to explain each of the categories a bit. The Big Idea – once your passage or topic is identified...read more
Running a parents meeting that no one shows up to is almost seems to be a right of passage for youth workers. What’s your response when you have a poorly attended meeting for your parents? “I’m done running these meetings.” “These parents don’t give a rip.” “I had the...read more
Why Sabbath? When was the last time you had a day to yourself where at the end of it you felt filled with energy and closer to Jesus? That is God’s heart for the Sabbath. This beautiful idea of Sabbath has become faded over the years. We have become so entrenched in...read more
Healthy/effective youth ministries, function on the backs of healthy/effective volunteer youth workers. Volunteer youth workers are usually in the most important relational positions in your ministry, and the longer volunteer youth workers can stay in those...read more
Summer is often a time we think we’ll get lots of learning and reading done, but if you’re like me, I sometimes don’t know where to start. Let me make a few suggestions. These recent books will stretch, challenge, and grow you in some fantastic ways. Smarter Faster...read more
Over the last number of years, I have become convinced that one of the Lord’s strategies to keep me in vocational youth ministry is to make me seriously deficient at most other skills…like building. I’m terrible at it. Most projects I have taken on in the past, in...read more