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Articles | Leadership
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The 10 Most Un-Brilliant Things We’ve Done in Youth Ministry

In honor of everyone else’s brilliance, we thought it might be fun to share our un-brilliance. We’re limiting the list to 10, but we could easily turn this into a multi-part series. Heck, we might even be able to categorize by the liturgical calendar if..
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Discipleship
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The Journey to Inclusion

The journey to inclusion is the road less traveled. It’s a road I didn’t even see until I had my own wrestling match with God. I’d been traveling a safe youth ministry road. This safe road led me to teens who were like me, where..
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Articles | Programming
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Preparing for Student Promotions

It’s that time of year. In a couple short months, churches everywhere will move elementary-aged kids up into junior high ministry and 8th graders up into the big, bad world of high school youth group. For years at Saddleback, we’ve been fairly intentional in our..
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Articles | Culture
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Making Math Add Up

Tools for Helping Kids Overcome Academic Hurdles An article from David R. Smith at TheSource4YM.com Two trains leave New York at the same time. Train A is traveling west at 44 kilometers per hour while Train B is traveling south at 51 miles per hour..
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Articles | Programming
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This One Time…

Once upon a time, I thought it would be a great idea to fill a hot tub full of milk, sardines and pigs feet. Who hasn’t, right? It was one of those crazy youth ministry program nights where our leadership team thought up absurd things we thought..
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