College | Culture
Neely McQueen

It was a really a sweet moment. We were gathered around a table at Denny’s. I was getting breakfast with several college students back home on Christmas break. I love these students.  Many of them were leaders in our ministry, and we spent a lot of years together.

One of the girls pulled out her phone and said, “Do any of you have daddy issues? Because I found an app for that.”  I was taken back and looked around the table to see if everyone heard the same thing. It appeared that half of us heard her bring up “daddy issues,” while the other half heard what she really said, when she said, “Are any of you have data issues, because I found out it is our apps doing that?” We had a quick laugh and moved on the discussion about data issues on iPhones.

But I have to admit, I loved the idea of an app for girls struggling with daddy issues. How much easier would that make ministry? Or how about an app that genuinely got your students excited about reading their Bibles? While we are creating amazing apps for our phones, why don’t we create one that helps students say no to the pull towards the world’s ways and lies? Got a problem in youth ministry? No worries, just download the app. I wish I was writing to tell you about the app that has made youth ministry super-easy…but it would be a lie.

Apps may save you time, give you ideas, provide helpful resources, but only the Spirit of God working in you can lead to transformation in the lives of the students you have been given to shepherd. There is no app to truly help a girl with her daddy issues, and there is no app to help a student make wise choices, BUT there is Jesus working in and through you.

So, say yes to APPS that help you be more available and equipped while still pursuing the Spirit and how he may be leading you to care for your students.

Here are a few apps I use:

  • Love is Not Abuse- a resource for educators and parents on violence in relationships, especially how they impact teens.
  • Huffington Post - I know they are extremely liberal, but they have a whole section written by teens that is really insightful to the life of a teenager. When you load it- select the “Teen” section. Great for message prep.
  • EW (Entertainment Weekly)- Keeps me update on what is happening in the world of media.
  • Evernote- One of the better apps out there for helping me to manage all my stuff.

These are just a few of the helpful apps I use in my life.

But always remember, Jesus working in YOU is the greatest APP for our students today.

Thanks for loving students,

Neely McQueen


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