Youth Ministry and the Exploding Brain
08 September 2014
Over the whole arc of our life, scientists tell us there are two times when we experience rapid, explosive brain growth—one happens when we’re toddlers and the other happens during junior high. Toddlers and teenagers share this characteristic—both are missing the “mental traffic cop” that..
Juvenile Justice Ministry: Juvenile’s Returning Home After Incarceration
06 September 2014
A juvenile offender’s home environment is often not helpful for encouraging adherence to pro-social behaviors. Ministry partners would benefit greatly by seeking to understand the family dynamics of the individual you are trying to impact. Negative family dynamics take many forms. The juvenile offender may..
Questions Before the Holidays (Even Though It’s September!)
05 September 2014
Some of you may have read the title of this piece and said to yourself, “Holidays?! It’s only September! We have plenty of time before we start having to deal with the holidays!” On the one hand, yes, you’re right! Thanksgiving is a few months..
Planning a Personal Kick-Off
04 September 2014
I’m going to be honest and say I have not mastered what I’m about to share with you. I’m in the middle of this one-sided wrestling match with you. The school year has begun. Youth groups across the country are either having or planning kick-off..
Why PARENT CONNECT and How Do I Try It?
03 September 2014
A huge part of youth ministry is also helping the parents invest in the lives of their teenagers at home in the way that you do at church. Keep in touch with the parents in your youth ministry with PARENT CONNECT. The PARENT CONNECT newsletters provide you with a..