A Better Answer to ‘How Are You?’
04 August 2014
Of all the ways we excel at wasting things in our culture, we are at our wasted worst when it comes to our words. Because we don’t know any better, we substitute hollow banter for meaningful seed-planting. For example, at the health club the other..
Your Youth Group Stinks! Building Rapport with Difficult Students
24 March 2014
There are good reasons why competent adults find themselves uncommonly baffled when working with adolescents. As winsome as they may be at times, teenagers present youth workers and volunteers with challenges that other age groups do not. First, teens are often an involuntary participant. They are..
Marketing the Bible to Teenagers
12 February 2014
Among most church-going teenagers, the Bible has a PR problem. Sure, they know where it is, and at which youth group programs they are expected to bring it along. But very few find it compelling enough to read on their own. The Bible, God’s authoritative..
Grief and Mourning in Youth Ministry (part 2)
15 August 2014
Stages of Grief To get us started, let’s just get rid of the word “stages” of grief. The very word “stages” implies order and progression. I would like to move away from that concept and use the word “dimensions” of grief instead. The idea of..