Gather those who serve in ministry with you, and (with a Costco size box of Kleenex) take 12-minutes to watch this short film. Follow up questions to ask each other: De we know the stories of the students we’re serving? Do we tend to respond in frustration or in mercy when students act out? What […]
This past Saturday the mother of two of my youth kids died in a rock climbing accident. It’s been a hard week. This isn’t going to be a post about how to council a hurting family. This isn’t going to be a post about how to comfort a hurting youth-group. This is going to be […]
When people say good things about us, especially people we respect, their words tend to stick with us forever. These positive verbal images become part of how we view ourselves. Imagine how Timothy felt when his mentor, Paul, wrote to a church about him. Timothy was just a young leader when Paul stuck a “letter […]
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I kind of shrugged this off when I first saw this resource shared on a recent Simply Youth Ministry email. The idea of a template for a letter written from a senior pastor to your youth group sounded pretty trite, un-authentic, and super canned. Then I read it… WHOAH. I was won over. I bet […]
As I write this I am roughly 8 hours away from Destiny’s annual Good-Friday youth-led service. As a part of our service, we always serve communion. Communion is a thing we do to remember what Christ did for us. We take communion to remember that Jesus’ body was broken and blood was spilled over 2,000 […]
Thanks to Aaron Helman over at Smarter Youth Ministry for the video training. He asks a good question: What’s one way you’re going to invest in yourself this month?
It really does take a village to raise a child. This weekend, my three-year-old son Zion came down with a sudden and all-encompassing head-cold that had him coughing almost continuously through Friday night and Saturday morning. And I think we went through a tissue box on Saturday morning alone. No fun. Being that I’m kind […]