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

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

YM Resource: Interlinc conGRADulations

Over the past couple years, I've used Interlinc's resources quite a bit. For a time, I used their monthly YLO (Youth Leaders Only) subscription, but I also use their conGRADulations CD for out high school graduates. It's a great collection of music and video testimonies, designed for graduates. For example, the 2011 CD contains music … Continue reading YM Resource: Interlinc conGRADulations

Orange Week – February 7-11, 2011

This is just a heads-up that that this week is Orange Week. I've been asked by the Orange Social Media Team to blog about the Orange Conference and the Orange philosophy this week. So, expect several posts (at least one a day) about Orange. If you have been curious about this way of changing the … Continue reading Orange Week – February 7-11, 2011