Ministry is an odd game. We are – either consciously or subconsciously – expected to be all things to all people. Event planners, computer technicians, theologians, grounds maintenance persons, counselors, and secretaries, just to name a few. On top of all that we are required to be comedians. On queue. Like flipping a switch. Just… […]
Your daughter just posted 10 selfies to her Instagram feed. She “smiley-faced” 6 videos in a row on Vine. She liked 7 questionable pages on Facebook. NextGen pastors, we are living in a social society. And we need to be lovingly pastoring our kids to be disciples both in an offline and an online world. A few […]
I am a big fan of BlimeyCow. BlimeyCow is a family of college-age peeps and their friends who enjoy making YouTube videos that address Christianity, Internet culture, movie culture, and other pop-culture practices through sarcasm and comedy. While sometimes their “Messy Mondays” videos can be challenging and even offensive to those not understanding Christian satire, […]
I’m using a great dating discussion I found over at The Source For Youth Ministry at this weekend’s youth service at New Life. It’s features Taylor Swift’s song, “I Knew You Were Trouble When You Walked In”… Maybe you’d like to file it away and use it, too. You can access it for free here!
It’s the month of LOVE. And it’s a great time to talk with students about relationships and purity. In 2008, Dr. Jim Burns released a book for teens entitled “The Purity Code: God’s Plan for Sex and Your Body.” The intent is for parents and youth leaders to read the book along with students. The […]
I shared about Download Youth Ministry early last month. Their stuff is seriously so good, I find myself wanting to download the whole store every time I visit! One perk that I didn’t mention is that when you sign up for their weekly email newsletter, you get weekly $1 deals on great curriculum and ministry content. […]
I was chatting with my oldest daughter after church today; I had just finished sharing in the morning service. She feels called into youth ministry so I always enjoy having conversations with her about what she thinks about when I minister. She was commenting about all of the different elements I had used that morning […]
The family exists, even in it’s imperfections, to display the heart of God to every generation. In this message, Pastor Kelly Fellows, our national NextGen Director, shares an important word about families and how their current condition is impacting this generation.
When talking youth ministry curriculum there are two basic camps. Camp A – These guys don’t like curriculum because, “How can these guys at this mega church with their mega program really know what my kids need? I need to flow with Holy Spirit!” Camp B – These guys love curriculum for a few reasons. […]