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
Below is an excerpt of an article I wrote for Youth Specialties. Click the link at the bottom to read the entire piece. Do relationships really matter in your ministry? Many of us like to say that our goal is to help teens develop relationships with God and others, but what has that meant for … Continue reading Resource Review | When Relationships Matter
As youth workers, we need to be students of teenage culture. Thankfully, we don't have to do all the work ourselves. Piper Jaffray & Co. recently surveyed 9,500 teenagers (average age of 15.8) for their 38th semi-annual survey. Here are the results in an infographic. [Image via Piper Jaffray & Co] As youth workers, we … Continue reading Results of Piper Jaffray Survey on Teens (Fall 2019)
Below is an excerpt of a resource review/recommendation that I wrote for Youth Specialties. Click the link at the bottom to continue reading on the YS Blog. Do you ever find yourself wanting an assistant, intern, or more volunteers to help you? I know I have, as I realized early in ministry that there is … Continue reading Why should you use DYM Sidekick?
I just recently started blogging for Youth Specialties, and my first article has been published. Below, you will find a quick snippet and a link to read the rest of the article on their website. The video game world has had its ups and downs. From the crash of 1983 to the rise of casual … Continue reading How to Best Use Video Games with Students
If you've served in student ministry longer than a month, you have probably found yourself in this situation (cue the pitch music): You need to feed a bunch of teenagers. Pizza! Yes, let's do pizza! But how many do I order for this group? And where do I order from? Maybe you're on a trip … Continue reading Pizza Calculator (iOS Shortcut)
Whether you are a Christian leader or not, I think it is hard to deny that our culture is overly saturated with sex. Not only do we see it in the media, movies, and music, it has infiltrated most areas of our life. So, how do we, as youth workers, help parents walk through this … Continue reading Partnering with Parents to Talk about Sex
We've started using these 3 simple questions in our high school ministry, and it's started to make a difference already!
A couple weeks ago, I began seeing people share videos of this youth group game. What was it? A real-life version of Hungry Hungry Hippos. After checking it out and evaluating the cost, I thought this is something we have to do with our students. This past Wednesday at The Middle, our middle school program, we played … Continue reading Hungry Hungry Hippos – Youth Group Game
A couple years ago, I went to a seminar/workshop with Doug Fields and Duffy Robbins. What they spoke about that day was based off their book, Speaking to Teenagers: How to Think About, Create, and Deliver Effective Messages. The tips and methods they use to teach teenagers will help you so much! In fact, each … Continue reading YM Resource – “Speaking to Teenagers” Book