A Mixed Group Has Some Advantages: A Response
06 December 2012
I’ll admit it. I don’t split up my students into middle school and high school groups. For me, it’s strictly a structural issue. I serve in a small church and dividing our students isn’t practical in our setting. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing. There..
Marketing the Bible to Teenagers
12 February 2014
Among most church-going teenagers, the Bible has a PR problem. Sure, they know where it is, and at which youth group programs they are expected to bring it along. But very few find it compelling enough to read on their own. The Bible, God’s authoritative..
Student Leadership: Don’t Do This; Do This
13 November 2012
This week we’re focusing on student leaders. If you are creating a student leadership program in your group, here’s a quick punch list with some basic ideas of what to avoid and what to include instead. DON’T only ask the shiny students to join. Too..
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,..
Buy, Borrow, Beg (and steal) Ideas
26 February 2013
Where do you get all of your creative ideas for your youth group? Easy! Buy, borrow, beg, or steal. Here’s what we mean. BUY
If you’re looking for creative ideas for your next sermon series, find one of the many resource providers online that have..