Church Moving Forward: Create Community and Provide Purpose

It’s no secret that we’re in the middle of a global health crisis due to the Covid-19 Coronavirus. At this point, most of us have been instructed to stay in our homes and practice social distancing. Soon after this began, churches began to ask the question, “What do we do?”  That question propelled our church … Continue reading Church Moving Forward: Create Community and Provide Purpose

6 Questions to Ask When Naming Ministries and Programs

Below is an excerpt of an article I wrote for Youth Specialties. Click the link at the bottom to read the entire piece. What’s in a name? Does your ministry or program need a catchy name? How do you pick a name that lasts? How do you pick one that will actually get used? How … Continue reading 6 Questions to Ask When Naming Ministries and Programs

Things You Don't Learn in Bible College: Doing Ministry During a Health Crisis

With all the Coronavirus/Covid-19 health scare going on right now in the world, I thought it was time to resurrect an old series of blog posts here. Today on the “Things You Don’t Learn in Bible College” series is the doing ministry in the middle of a health crisis. When I was in Bible College, … Continue reading Things You Don't Learn in Bible College: Doing Ministry During a Health Crisis

Video Games and Ministry with Marty Estes (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 51)

Episode 51 of The Student Ministry Podcast features Marty Estes of The Youth Workers Guide to Video Games podcast. Marty is currently the director of children's and youth ministries at Sand Ridge Baptist Church in Lexington, TN, where he has served since 2012. With over 17 years of professional youth ministry experience, Marty has a … Continue reading Video Games and Ministry with Marty Estes (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 51)

Orange Labs Coming to The Orange Conference 2020

Over the years, The Orange Conference has become something I look forward to attending for many reasons. Near the top of that list is what I get to learn from others who are further along that me. And while I gain a lot of motivation from the main sessions, the breakout workshops are where I … Continue reading Orange Labs Coming to The Orange Conference 2020

Honoring Tim Uhls (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 50)

Episode 50 of The Student Ministry Podcast is a little different. In December 2019, the world lost a great youth pastor named Tim Uhls. For those who have been longtime listeners, you may remember Tim from episode 36. Tim was also my youth pastor. In an effort to honor Tim and also cope, I reached … Continue reading Honoring Tim Uhls (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 50)

5 Ways to Engage the Artistic Students in Ministry

Below is an excerpt of an article I wrote for Youth Specialties. Click the link at the bottom to read the entire piece. We all have them. No, not the stinky kids. I am talking about the artistic ones. And if you are not artistic yourself, you might not notice those students, but they are … Continue reading 5 Ways to Engage the Artistic Students in Ministry

How Student Leadership Has Evolved in My Church

Below is an excerpt of an article I wrote for Youth Specialties. Click the link at the bottom to read the entire piece. Student leadership can be one of the most divisive parts of a youth ministry. I have seen several great youth groups torn apart by implementing a student leadership team. On the other … Continue reading How Student Leadership Has Evolved in My Church

3 Ways to Think Ahead About Your Mission Trip

Below is an excerpt of an article I wrote for Youth Specialties. Click the link at the bottom to read the entire piece. Oh, the mission trip. These short-term, service-based excursions have been a mainstay of youth ministry programming for years. Not only do they help teenagers to think beyond themselves, but it often gives … Continue reading 3 Ways to Think Ahead About Your Mission Trip