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?

Why Partner with Other Ministries in Your Church and Community?

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?

3 Important Components of Regular Student Ministry Meetings

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

Reflections on the Life and Ministry of Billy Graham

Today, one of the greatest modern evangelists has passed from this life into eternity with our Heavenly Father. Only God knows how many people Billy Graham helped to know Jesus over his 99 years on Earth, and I can say with certainty that he is one of the people I'll be so glad to meet … Continue reading Reflections on the Life and Ministry of Billy Graham

Now Connecting Youth Workers Across Colorado

A couple years ago, I posted on here about a new volunteer role I was taking with the National Network of Youth Ministries. I was the co-coordinator for the state of New Hampshire. When I moved, though, it didn't make sense to continue that role since I wouldn't live there anymore. After a few conversations, … Continue reading Now Connecting Youth Workers Across Colorado

Communicate Early and Communicate Often

There's a funny saying about voting: Vote early and vote often! Clearly it's a tongue-in-cheek statement, but I do think the phrase is incredibly applicable to communication, especially within student ministry. In a world with many stereotypes about youth pastor who fly by the seats of their pants and don't have a plan, you can … Continue reading Communicate Early and Communicate Often

Let’s Take Christmas to the World!

This year, I keep getting reminded that not everyone thinks of Christmas in a positive light. In fact, many people get depressed around the holiday season. The amount of people who commit suicide even goes up before, during, and right after Christmas. If this is you, I just want to offer a sincere and heartfelt … Continue reading Let’s Take Christmas to the World!