Discipleship | Leadership | Missions | Outreach | Small Groups
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Devotional: Only Wretches Need Saving

More than two centuries ago, John Newton wrote the classic hymn “Amazing Grace” to honor God for rescuing him from a monstrous life in the slave trade. He’d spent much of his adult life herding panicked and desperate Africans onto the slave ship he captained,..
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Discipleship | Small Groups
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Where’s Your Bible?

I recently crossed paths with a student who had moved away and was attending a new student ministry. I asked him how he liked his new youth pastor and he gave me an interesting answer. “I like him a lot but he’s not like you...
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Culture | Discipleship | Leadership | Middle School | Outreach | Programming | Small Groups | Speaking | Volunteers
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A Welcoming Environment: Do You Have One?

When we look to talk about the most effective way to impact students’ lives, the conversation usually goes toward discipleship. Well, that makes sense—we all want to go for depth, not width. Discipleship is an easy principle to grab onto: looking at how you can..
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Small Groups
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Left Out

I talked with a student and her parent the other day. The student had one complaint: She felt left out of the group and that no one missed them. Sometimes the reason is that they just FEEL left out. The students in the group and..
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Small Groups
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The Most Important Thing

You’ve finally made it to small group! You’ve had a busy week but managed to study your lesson sufficiently and feel really prepared. You get in your group and begin asking about how everyone’s week was. Someone has a story that’s pretty interesting, so you..
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