How to be a Small Group Guru, Part 1: Starting Right
06 August 2014
Let’s spend this month talking about small groups! Small groups are nothing new, but many youth groups are just about to kick off a new season for the school year. And the beginning of a new small group run is a great time to remind..
Serving Up the Fundamentals
05 August 2014
Our church recently broke bread with each other. When I say “broke bread,” I mean we literally ate a brunch of coffee cakes, lemon squares, blueberry muffins and more. It wasn’t a special event… a women’s tea party… a men’s breakfast… or a guest reception...
Leave It to Beaver Has Left (For Good?)
04 August 2014
A Snapshot of the New American Family An article from Jonathan McKee and David R. Smith at TheSource4YM.com Once upon a time, dad went to work, mom stayed home to vacuum (in high heels and pearls, of course), and the kids went to school until..
A Better Answer to ‘How Are You?’
04 August 2014
Of all the ways we excel at wasting things in our culture, we are at our wasted worst when it comes to our words. Because we don’t know any better, we substitute hollow banter for meaningful seed-planting. For example, at the health club the other..
When a Student Falls in Love with the Youth Worker
31 July 2014
Because of the difficulties students have in early and mid-adolescence to manage strong feelings of intimacy, the new experience of having someone who listens and whom they can trust sometimes lead them to believe that they are in love with their youth worker. Sadly, many..