From Nay to Yay on Digital Conferences | Orange Conference Live 2020 Recap

Below is an excerpt of an article I wrote for Youth Specialties. Click the link at the bottom to read the entire piece. What if we did this online?  There is no doubt that we have all asked ourselves that question at least once over the past couple months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of … Continue reading From Nay to Yay on Digital Conferences | Orange Conference Live 2020 Recap

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. 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

5 Ways to Engage the Artistic Students in Ministry

Below is an excerpt of an article I wrote for Youth Specialties. Click the link at the bottom to read the entire piece. We all have them. No, not the stinky kids. I am talking about the artistic ones. And if you are not artistic yourself, you might not notice those students, but they are … Continue reading 5 Ways to Engage the Artistic Students in Ministry

3 Ways to Think Ahead About Your Mission Trip

Below is an excerpt of an article I wrote for Youth Specialties. Click the link at the bottom to read the entire piece. Oh, the mission trip. These short-term, service-based excursions have been a mainstay of youth ministry programming for years. Not only do they help teenagers to think beyond themselves, but it often gives … Continue reading 3 Ways to Think Ahead About Your Mission Trip

Resource Review | When Relationships Matter

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

5 Reasons I Go to Youth Ministry Conferences

Below is an excerpt of an article I wrote for Youth Specialties. Click the link at the bottom to read the entire piece. Conferences and conventions are a part of almost every job and sub-culture. You have your tech conferences, comic book conventions, marketing events, and so forth. Youth ministry is no different, and I … Continue reading 5 Reasons I Go to Youth Ministry Conferences

How Working with Parents has Changed Over the Last 10 Years

Below is an excerpt of an article I wrote for Youth Specialties. Click the link at the bottom to read the entire piece. Why did you get into youth ministry in the first place? If you are like me, it was because God placed a calling on you to work with teenagers, in order to … Continue reading How Working with Parents has Changed Over the Last 10 Years

Why should you use DYM Sidekick?

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?

YM Resource – Ideas Library

I’ve been using the Youth Specialies "Ideas Library" software for some time, and I wanted to share it with you who may not know there is something out there like it.  Many of you may already use Youth Specialties’ resources.  In fact, I can probably assume correctly that most of you own some of the … Continue reading YM Resource – Ideas Library