The Secret Sauce of an Extraordinary Retreat
24 March 2015
One of my favorite things to do is speak to middle school and high school students. Over the years of being privileged to do this at weekend retreats, I’ve learned that I need to keep an open mind about what to expect. Without naming names, there..
Teens, Anxiety, and Youth Ministry (Part 1)
20 March 2015
Long gone are the carefree days of youth. The modern teen is stressed out. With sports travel teams, AP classes, gifted programs, standardized testing, band/dance/cheer/sports camps, and college application essays, today’s teenager feels the pressure to perform. And this doesn’t take into account the anxiety..
At the Edge of the Cliff: Reaching Beyond the Walls
19 March 2015
Jesus announced to his hometown that he was their long-awaited messiah. The people were excited and proud. That was until Jesus announced he was also messiah to the Gentiles. The Jews, having no desire to associate with Gentiles, were outraged. They took Jesus to the..
How to Stay in Youth Ministry, Part 2: Pay Attention
18 March 2015
Let’s continue our conversation about how to last in youth ministry. We had some great discussion and comments last week; let’s see if we can keep the streak alive! A common, and seemingly noble, mistake many youth workers make is to keep their head down,..