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Articles | Small Groups
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The Value of Belonging

Last Spring, during the SYM Conference, I filmed a teaching video for teams on the Simply Youth Ministry TOOLS site. The video was on creating a safe place within small groups and Sunday school. I wanted to share some of these thoughts with you. In..
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Articles | Outreach
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Love Hurts!

My brain never stops. My mind is constantly racing with thoughts about creating something new, improving something old, or eating something sugary. I can’t help myself. I should probably consider meds. The toughest part of managing a distracted brain is resisting the temptation to shift..
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Leadership | Volunteers
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Student Ministry #fail: Warm Bodies

Maybe you’ve heard the expression that all some volunteers need to be is a warm body? Aka, someone who is actually alive. There was a time in my ministry where I would have taken someone with a moderately lukewarm body. I’ve never been really awesome..
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Articles | Leadership
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Team Building Basics, Part Two: Giving People The Tools They Need

Being a youth worker is a lot like being a construction worker; to be effective you need an understanding of the task at hand and the right tools for the job. One without the other leads to frustration, incompetence…or both! And sense we all want..
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Articles | Serving
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Talking Trash with Students Who Want to Serve

I’d advertised the opportunity well. “You’re invited to join our Student Leadership Team.” It was my second week at the church, and the students didn’t know me or what to expect from this invite. All they knew was that whomever was on this team would..
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