Do Short-Term Mission Trips Do More Damage Than Good?
20 January 2014
Over the last decade there’s been A LOT of smack-talk about short-term mission trips (STMT’s)—in the youth ministry community, it’s intellectually fashionable to question their purpose, long-term impact, and even their moral foundation. The problem with short-term mission trips or service projects, according to critics,..
The (Not So) Hidden Power Of Service
20 January 2014
Group Magazine: January-February, 2011 By Laura Widstrom, Ph.D. Over the last decade service experiences have morphed from a powerful “sidelight” in youth ministry into an expected staple—it’s now rare, and even concerning, to find a youth group that doesn’t have service somewhere on its schedule...
What’s Your Shoe Size?
14 August 2013
Specifically, what’s the size of your electronic footprint? When you think about your student ministry, would you say that it’s more like a Chupacabra or a Yeti? Now I don’t want you to just think about how great your student ministry Web site is or..
Creating Breakfast Club Moments Through Serving
13 August 2013
Certain movies seem timeless, affecting generations that weren’t even alive when they debuted. The Breakfast Club is one of those films. I’d describe it to you, but you’ve either already seen it or will when it’s on TBS in the next ten minutes. There’s something..
When People Reject Serving the Kingdom
23 July 2013
My family watches Fourth of July fireworks from a Taco Bell parking lot. It helps us avoid traffic, since most people watch the display at our local high school. Besides, there’s something about celebrating America by eating Mexican food and looking up at an invention..