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
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
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
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
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
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?
Near the end of high school, my home church began a kids' basketball program at our church called Upward. I immediately got involved as an assistant coach for a team of young children. It was a great way to connect and give back in one of my hobbies -- sports. If you're unfamiliar with Upward … Continue reading Why Partner with Other Ministries in Your Church and Community?
This past weekend, at our middle school winter camp, I was able to witness something that I have long believed in but don't write about much. A few years ago, I began exploring the idea of having our older high school students co-lead middle school small groups. This was definitely not an original idea, and … Continue reading Let them Lead
A few weeks ago, I went to DYM 200 and was reminded that I am not God. (Yes, that seems incredibly obvious, but I encourage you to read my blog about that to learn more.) In an attempt to act out on that truth, I've began planning ahead handing off even more in ministry. One … Continue reading Equip and Empower to Create Space
One of the most important parts of student ministry is equipping and empowering others. There are many ways to go about this, but one of simplest ways is through regular meetings. We have them once a month. And because I don't like long meetings and I value people's time, I keep them to one hour … Continue reading 3 Important Components of Regular Student Ministry Meetings