How to: Amazing Race at Your Church

I am a huge fan of The Amazing Race. My wife and I have talked about applying for many years, but we've never actually tried signing up (yet). It's such a great idea for a game, filled with physical challenges, mental puzzles, and teamwork. But what does it look like to put on your own … Continue reading How to: Amazing Race at Your Church

How We Pivoted for Summer Camp 2020

Last year, we took our high school students to Generate Camp (YM360), and they had a great time. This year, we had planned to take both our middle schoolers and high schoolers, but like many things this year, we realized we needed to pivot. Since I know a lot of you are still trying to … Continue reading How We Pivoted for Summer Camp 2020

Fellow Ministry Leaders, Be Sure to Take Care of Yourself

Earlier this week, I shared with the rest of our church staff something that has been on my heart/mind for the past couple weeks as I've talked with a lot of other ministry leaders. If you don't mind, I'd like to briefly share it with you all too. Right now, with most of us are … Continue reading Fellow Ministry Leaders, Be Sure to Take Care of Yourself

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

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

5 Reasons I Go to Youth Ministry Conferences

Below is an excerpt of an article I wrote for Youth Specialties. Click the link at the bottom to read the entire piece. Conferences and conventions are a part of almost every job and sub-culture. You have your tech conferences, comic book conventions, marketing events, and so forth. Youth ministry is no different, and I … Continue reading 5 Reasons I Go to Youth Ministry Conferences

How Working with Parents has Changed Over the Last 10 Years

Below is an excerpt of an article I wrote for Youth Specialties. Click the link at the bottom to read the entire piece. Why did you get into youth ministry in the first place? If you are like me, it was because God placed a calling on you to work with teenagers, in order to … Continue reading How Working with Parents has Changed Over the Last 10 Years

Why do a Local Mission Trip for Your Youth Group?

One thing that I distinctly remember from my own time in youth group were the mission trips. My first trip was to Mexico. Actually, I'm fairly sure my first three mission trips were all in Mexico. We helped lead Bible studies with kids, helped spruce up some churches, and built houses. I've also served in … Continue reading Why do a Local Mission Trip for Your Youth Group?