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The “Downside” of Mission Trips
“The Mission Trip High.” It’s addicting, isn’t it? It can cause us and our students to seek the same experience every year for the “Jesus feelies.” Meanwhile, there’s a whole lot of space in between now and then that we can seize so that God..
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Rethinking Sacrificial Generosity on Mission Trips
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..
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To See or Not To See: Leveraging Summer Movies
Summer movies. We often try to leverage them to reach students, but they come with as many liabilities as they do opportunities. Can I tell you a personal story? Years ago, I was watching our teens head out after one of our weekly student ministry gatherings...
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Reconciling the Lack of Reconciliation
It’s not getting better, is it? The elusiveness of racial reconciliation. Insurgent tensions with police officers. Mass shootings in public forums. Terrorist attacks around the world. Isn’t this the part where Jesus comes back? Perhaps you can relate to this… I’ve felt such heartache in realizing my empathy has..
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Simply Youth Ministry Conference: It’s All About Relationships
I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am for the Simply Youth Ministry Conference! If you haven’t ever been to Simply Youth Ministry Conference (SYMC), it’s exactly what you’d hope for in terms of world-class training and inspiration for your soul. If you have..
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