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

How To: Photo Scavenger Hunt

One of the biggest events we do each year is our Photo Scavenger Hunt. It serves as our kick-off event for the new school year of Youth Group, and the students love it!! A good friend of mine recently asked for some basics on how we run our  hunt each year. After I wrote up … Continue reading How To: Photo Scavenger Hunt

YM Resource – Free eBooks for Youth Ministry

Ever since my wife received her Kindle as a birthday gift last year, I have loved the idea of digital books. In fact, I eventually bought myself one, and we are in the process of trying to figure out how to get all our bookshelves onto these little devices. Brandon Schmidt over at Youth Pastor … Continue reading YM Resource – Free eBooks for Youth Ministry

Equipping Small Group Leaders For Upcoming XP3 Students Series

Equipping and empowering adult small group leaders is the only way to significantly grow a sustainable youth ministry beyond yourself. This is a common thread I have encountered throughout my Bible college years, seminary and at The Orange Conference. I was asked by XP3 to share my thoughts on how we equip small group leaders … Continue reading Equipping Small Group Leaders For Upcoming XP3 Students Series

Trying Something New – Time Out

I've been a reader/follower of Tim Schmoyer's "Life in Student Ministry" blog for quite a while. As a reader, I've often thought Monday's "Time Out" devotional thoughts were great. In fact, they have helped me get focused on many occasions. The other day, they made a request for more writers, and I thought to myself … Continue reading Trying Something New – Time Out