Outreach | Serving
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[Homelessness] My God Shall Supply All My Needs

It helps to remember that Jesus was a homeless man. The late Rich Mullins described Jesus well when he sang, “And the world can’t stand what it can’t own, and it can’t own You ’cause You did not have a home.” I saw this play..
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Leadership
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Best Practices of Youth Ministry: Part 2

Okay, yesterday was fun: We got a few comments saying stuff like, “Hey…everybody is already doing small groups.” This two-day series isn’t titled, “Cool stuff nobody is doing.” It’s a look at the best practices that most groups ARE doing, and hopefully giving you a..
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Discipleship
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Marketing the Bible to Teenagers

Among most church-going teenagers, the Bible has a PR problem.  Sure, they know where it is, and at which youth group programs they are expected to bring it along. But very few find it compelling enough to read on their own.  The Bible, God’s authoritative..
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Families
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Dealing with Infertility: Lessons in Sharing and Sensitivity

BY JAKE AND MELISSA KIRCHER In a previous article, we mentioned that we’ve added two children to our family in the past two years. They are an incredible blessing from God and bring so much joy to our lives. But to get to this joyful..
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Missions | Outreach
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Do Short-Term Mission Trips Do More Damage Than Good?

Over the last decade there’s been A LOT of smack-talk about short-term mission trips (STMT’s)—in the youth ministry community, it’s intellectually fashionable to question their purpose, long-term impact, and even their moral foundation. The problem with short-term mission trips or service projects, according to critics,..
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