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..
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..
[ALERT] 1000′s of Homeless Teens Attend Youth Group!
01 April 2014
This may surprise you, but homeless teenagers are flocking to your youth group on a regular basis. And most of them live in comfort, under a roof provided for them by loving families. But make no mistake, they are homeless; at least that’s how they..