Efrem Smith on Embracing a Missional Passion
11 July 2016
Efrem Smith on Embracing a Missional Passion Originally published in the March/April 2015 issue of Group Magazine by Rick Lawrence EDITOR’S NOTE Efrem Smith began his long journey in youth ministry as a teenager attending two strong, urban churches in Minneapolis that called teenagers into significant..
Discussion Starter: Police Officers Ambushed at Peace Rally
08 July 2016
In the News Dallas—At a protest against police shootings Thursday night, a sniper killed five Dallas police officers and wounded seven more. About 800 people had gathered to march against the killing of two black men by police in other cities this week. The gunman fired..
How is Simply Youth Ministry Conference Different?
07 July 2016
I still remember the first moment I came into the Simply Youth Ministry Conference (SYMC) family. Yes, it’s cliche. Yes, we all say it, but how do you hold someone by the face and help them understand this is the truth? I guess it’s sort..
Summer Trip Survival Tips
05 July 2016
A huge part of the youth ministry rhythmic year? THE SUMMER TRIP! It’s one of my favorite things about working with students. Taking a trip together has multiple purposes and benefits, the greatest of which is the growth that God fertilizes within each of us..
Discussion Starter: Stranger’s Kindness Changes Teen’s Life
01 July 2016
In the News Memphis, Tenn.—An encounter in a grocery-store parking lot has had life-changing results for 16-year-old Chauncy Jones Black. The hungry teen had taken a bus to a wealthier part of town, seeking some donuts in exchange for helping customers with their bags. The..