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Meet The Circle

Maybe you’ve heard some stirring about a new device called CIRCLE that helps families take back a little control over the Internet and device usage at home. If not, I would like to stir your interest. I just purchased CIRCLE and started using it in my own home this week. My experience: it’s SO EASY! […]

13 Reasons Why I Chose Life

Whatever you think about the phenomenon, it has taken on teen culture by storm: over three million copies of the novel Thirteen Reasons Why have been sold and the Netflix series has broken viewing records. Thousands of teens have watched it — despite the MA rating — and the conversations going around schools everywhere are enticing other teens to jump […]

Communicating with Students, Parents, and Volunteers

Our friends over at The Youth Cartel are releasing a series of NextGen ministry training videos to help our field learn foundational skills. They are starting with this one: “Communication with Students, Parents, and Volunteers” — and we think it’s an important topic to dig into. Whether you are a brand new NextGen pastor or leader, just getting […]

Slaying Biblical Illiteracy

“Slaying Biblical Illiteracy”, a new book from our friends at The Youth Cartel, written by Matt Andrews, is one of those books that every NextGen pastor should have on their shelf. I received my copy at our district’s Fall Conference and showed it to our Foursquare General Supervisor, Tammy Dunahoo. She agreed that biblical illiteracy is an important topic […]

The Great Mattress Race

Looking for a great event to do with your teens that is a little out-of-the-box, but tons of fun? Enter THE GREAT MATTRESS RACE! I am blessed with an amazing activities staff on my NextGen team. And when they planned this event, we had lots of people asking about how to reproduce it. All it […]

Collect Legally Binding Signatures Online

You want to move into this century and put your NextGen events online, but you can’t. At least you think you can’t because of that required signature you need for liability/medical release for minors. The solutions you’ve looked at have been to expensive or complicated. I wanted to share a resource that I came across […]

Overscheduled: ‘Tis the Season

In the last week I was the photographer for a Ladies’ Christmas event, attended a church staff Christmas party, led carols for several special Christmas-flavored worship sessions, and hosted a Buddy-the-Elf youth group party. Going into this week I have three more Christmas choir practices, another volunteer-led youth party, a Christmas Eve service, some personal […]