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Flipping Missions
I can’t believe how many opportunities I’ve wasted taking students on mission trips. I know I’m not the only one. Mission trips are an amazing idea…but what we tend to do with them (or not do with them) is the real issue. How many of us..
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Owning Your Distraction
What wastes your time? I’m not talking about picking the wrong lane at the grocery store or being on hold with your Internet provider (again). This also isn’t yet another chance for you to point a finger at church meetings that you think go nowhere or..
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The Secret Sauce of an Extraordinary Retreat
One of my favorite things to do is speak to middle school and high school students. Over the years of being privileged to do this at weekend retreats, I’ve learned that I need to keep an open mind about what to expect. Without naming names, there..
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Mission Trips – the Other Side of the Mat
You’ve likely heard the debate about mission trips. On one hand, books and blog posts have cited their potential to do more harm than good. A handful of people with significant platforms have argued that it’s better to send money and prayer-fueled encouragement than a short-term team to..
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The Experience Before Your Serving Experience
A serving experience is likely in your future. It’s no secret that many youth groups take part in an annual spring, summer, fall or winter mission trip. Others head out to workcamps, week-long endeavors or one-day serving investments. You can either throw students into these opportunities, or see..
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