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Leadership | Missions | Serving
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Missions is a Joke

A few weeks ago, some Honduran pastors asked me for advice on how to do church. That’s the punch line. Now allow me to set up the joke. My 13-year-old son and I were blessed beyond measure to serve for a week in Honduras with..
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Articles | Families
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5 Paradigm Shifts for Parents

Last month, my wife and I attended some seminars by my friend Christopher Yuan. Along with his parents, Christopher shared his struggles with homosexuality, drug addiction, HIV, and Christianity. If you have never heard him speak before, do so. One of the seminars was done..
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Articles | Culture
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Each Student is a Culture

The age of one-size-fits-all youth ministry is over.  It has to be.  We live in a dynamic time filled with diversity.  This is an exciting time to be in ministry to youth.  Our world is smaller than ever before.  Cultures are not only clashing but blending..
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Articles | Leadership
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Youth Ministry and the Exploding Brain

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..
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Discipleship
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Your Youth Group Stinks! Building Rapport with Difficult Students

There are good reasons why competent adults find themselves uncommonly baffled when working with adolescents. As winsome as they may be at times, teenagers present youth workers and volunteers with challenges that other age groups do not. First, teens are often an involuntary participant. They are..
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