In NextGen ministry, we spend a great deal of time discussing how we talk about sex. We discuss when we should talk about it. We discuss when we should not talk about it. We discuss getting the parent’s on board versus not getting the parents on board. We discuss age propriety and gender propriety. But […]
There are likely students in your ministry that struggle with depression and maybe even thoughts of suicide. Take it seriously. Love them. Connect them to help. Pray for them. Support them and their families. Click here for resources from the Mental Health and The Church initiative.
My family is on the move. My wife and I just resigned a nine-year pastoral appointment in Colorado to pursue continuing education at a university in Toronto. (If you want to hear more about this, listen here.) Since we’re away from our home church, we’ve been searching for a new fellowship. This has reminded us […]
What if I told you that a youth pastor sees two different settings? Those settings are… • Church world • Real world I don’t list these in a sarcastic way or in a demeaning way in reference to church. As a youth pastor, I spend a lot of my time in church settings such as […]
Youth ministry blogger Tim Schmoyer wrote on studentministry.org this week, It’s been said that if you want to see where someone’s true values lie, take a look at their checkbook. I’m thankful that churches are taking family ministry more and more seriously, but I think the same principle can apply… What percentage of your church’s […]
I think this is something important for NextGen leaders to be considering… not only are students leaving the church in droves, but church buildings “as a whole” are becoming empty and irrelevant in our towns and communities all over America. Europe has already been labeled a post-Christian culture and from the looks of it, America […]
When I walked away from the church into the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community, it was because I felt like they offered a more appealing, better-tasting, longer-lasting love. At church, I couldn’t wrestle with my sexual identity because of the shame and fear of rejection. But the LGBT community offered something different. They never […]
I’ve never understood why so many churches don’t take marketing a little more seriously. I guess it’s probably the melancholy side of me. I’ve always like things to look polished. Clean. Professional. And I’m not a graphics designer in any sense, but I am a wanna-be. I try to do the best with the tools […]
We need to show the next generation what it looks like to live in faith and take risks for Christ. Watch this short interview of David Kinnaman at Catalyst Atlanta in 2011.