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,..
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..
Devotional: Only Wretches Need Saving
22 July 2013
More than two centuries ago, John Newton wrote the classic hymn “Amazing Grace” to honor God for rescuing him from a monstrous life in the slave trade. He’d spent much of his adult life herding panicked and desperate Africans onto the slave ship he captained,..
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A Welcoming Environment: Do You Have One?
16 July 2013
When we look to talk about the most effective way to impact students’ lives, the conversation usually goes toward discipleship. Well, that makes sense—we all want to go for depth, not width. Discipleship is an easy principle to grab onto: looking at how you can..
The Truth About Evangelism
08 July 2013
In the summer between fifth and sixth grades, my parents took me to a Pat Boone concert. For the uninitiated, Pat Boone is what you might call a “crooner”—amazingly popular with women whose hair-color preference is tinted-blue. For a pre-teen, this two-hour excursion was akin..