Your Anti-Plan for the New Year
19 January 2016
Confession: I don’t enjoy structure for the sake of structure. Thankfully, others came along and shared how the structure that helps some people grow spiritually doesn’t always work for others. One person explained, “Don’t let anyone impose their habits on you. The main goal is to nurture your..
Three Themes to Rotate Your Lessons Around
12 January 2016
Youth Ministry 101: Let’s Talk About What We Should Talk About Pretend a junior higher comes to youth group every week without fail. In two years she will sit through about 100 lessons. A committed high schooler will get about 200. So the teenager who..
A No-Spoilers Star Wars Discussion Starter
11 January 2016
“Have you seen The Force Awakens yet?” You’re probably used to hearing this question by now. Whether your students are die-hard Star Wars fanatics or stumbled into the hype about events from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, teenagers are talking..
When You Want to Quit Youth Ministry
06 January 2016
One of the most frustrating conversations I have with friends is the “You should quit ministry” conversation. Sure, there are days when I want to quit, more than I care to admit. You know those days. They are filled with church politics, angry parents, mess-ups,..