How to Best Use Video Games with Students

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

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Pizza Calculator (iOS Shortcut)

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)

Partnering with Parents to Talk about Sex

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

Hungry Hungry Hippos – Youth Group Game

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

YM Resource – “Speaking to Teenagers” Book

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

How to Make Your Church a Place Where Kids Belong

Much of what we do at RCC is centered around what we (and many other churches) call small groups. Even our children's ministry is designed to be centered around smaller groups of kids with an adult leader. This allows for more growth and processing. How you do you create an environment like this? How do … Continue reading How to Make Your Church a Place Where Kids Belong

5 Things Great Student Pastors Choose to Believe

About 13 years ago, I entered into my first youth ministry class at Lincoln Christian College (now University). I learned a lot about student ministry both in the classroom and in practice. I will admit, though, that it was quite overwhelming in the beginning. Several books and mentors helped me think about the basics, but … Continue reading 5 Things Great Student Pastors Choose to Believe