Back to the Basics

One of my friends and student ministry team members were talking last night after our middle school youth group about the importance of getting back to the basics. He mentioned how it is important in almost all aspects of life. I recently noticed this when I was preparing a lesson for the middle schoolers. When…


Starting from Scratch in Student Ministry

Maybe you’re at a church where you are actually starting the student ministry from scratch, and you don’t know where to begin. Maybe you’re ready to go back to the drawing board in your current youth ministry. Here are two tips I’ve picked up through the years.


Five Things I Did Not Expect from The Orange Conference

I have been to several conferences over the years. To be honest, some are better than others. The Orange Conference is one of those better ones. Sure, there are great speakers and things to learn, but it is often the unexpected things that make OC so good. Today, I wanted to share five things that I…


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…


Are you Going to the Orange Conference 2015?

Over the past few years, I’ve had the privilege of attending three Orange Conferences. Each time, I’ve grown in my understanding of how to do ministry even better for God’s kingdom. One of the cool things about Orange is that you can bring your entire staff. This isn’t a conference for just student ministers or…


Making Family Ministry Simpler

Over the past 10 years, I have had my idea of student ministry shifted. It all started when I began my first ministry, which was actually closer to 11 years ago. I led the middle school and high school youth groups at a small rural church in Illinois. I spent a lot of my time…