Rethinking Sacrificial Generosity on Mission Trips
09 August 2016
Everyone wants to feel like they’re making a difference. The problem is not everyone wants to actually make a difference. I was reminded of this by the sacrificial generosity I’m seeing this week while in a poverty-stricken culture. I’m currently in Honduras via Group International Mission Trips. One..
Does Serving Remedy Teen Anxiety?
27 June 2016
Fixing things doesn’t fix you. (I thought we should get that out of the way.) Because there actually is a direct connection to how serving others can help you get out of a funk… as long as you realize it’s a running start, and not the whole marathon...
Are you giving students a chance to serve?
15 March 2016
Are you giving students a chance to serve? According to a national survey conducted by DoSomething.org in 2012, 93% of teens say they want to volunteer and serve in some way, but a far smaller percentage of young people actually do volunteer. Often times, they..
Motivate Students to Care About Your Community
22 January 2016
I looked over the crowd of students as they stared at me blankly. My hope had been for a reaction filled with excitement and wonderment, and that overwhelming number of students would raise their hands when we asked who would want to sign up for a local..
The Making of A Workcamp: Q & A with Jeff Thompson
11 August 2015
If you’ve ever brought your youth group to a Group Workcamp, you know that this week of home repair, worship, and fun is all planned out in advance so that you get to show up with your students and actually be present with them. But..