One on One Times with Students is Irreplaceable
20 December 2012
Today I spent 45 minutes with a high school sophomore. Last week it was two different seniors—an 8th grader and a student I am mentoring. Each of these conversations produced a variety of topics but each one was ended with a “thanks for meeting with..
How Middle School Students Taught Me to Invest in Purell, Lifesavers, and Febreeze!
31 December 2012
There is never a dull moment with middle dchool students. Our middle school ministry is structured so students get to know older students or adult leaders and walk with them through life. Because of that, it is not out of the ordinary to find myself..
Killing the Clique Part 1: Gutters and Cliques
04 January 2013
I’ve been hearing a lot about cliques—not from other youth ministries, but from our own. We’ve got a clique problem and we need to think seriously about it. I’m going to write some articles about what a clique is, why it’s harmful to youth ministry,..
The Bus-Driver’s Rant
13 February 2013
Not long ago I was at an annual three-day forum for youth ministry professors—I’ve been an interloper at this gathering for 15 years. One night, all 125 of us loaded onto school buses for a cross-town trip to a Bible college campus, where the “entertainment”..