At age 13, you’re officially a teenager. At age 16, you are able to get your full license. At age 18, you can buy porn, cigarettes, and lottery tickets. At age 21, you can drink alcohol legally. All of which are regarded as social milestones in maturity, but does that mean that you’re mature? The […]
Fundraising… the necessary evil of youth ministry. Or at least, it can be seen that way, unless you’ve got some great ideas and annual events that you, and everybody else in your church, look forward to… Valapalooza was one of those events for us. My wife and I planned and hosted this event for almost a […]
This is a special guest post written by Natasha Snelson. Her and her husband have been serving in our student ministry in Laramie, Wyoming, for two years now and they are both “all in” as some of us in the church world say (well, I do anyway). She first shared this analogy to my wife, who passed […]
I have kittens at my house. These unexpected, and yet adorable, 3-week-old furballs are an inspiration of object lessons for every age. Whether you use curriculum or create your own — or perhaps need an idea to pinch hit in someone’s absence — these concepts illustrated by kittens can create a memorable lesson time. Kittens […]
The life of the average American teenager is CRAZY. 8 hours a day at school. 10 hours a day sleeping. 4 hours a day eating, and 1o hours a day texting, playing video games, Facebooking, watching TV, etc. For those of you math majors that follow this blog, that’s 32 hours a day! Our kids […]
We love to share the success of budding artists. And Hannah Rose is a high school senior attending New Hope Christian Fellowship in Simi Valley, CA, a part of our larger Foursquare family. From her Facebook artist page… Hannah Rose was born in Montana, grew up in Santa Barbara, and is currently living in Simi […]
“I don’t remember any sermon taught by my youth pastor growing up. Not one word. But I do remember the times they spent with me. That’s why discipleship is so important.” This sentence, or similar sentences are the crux of the discipleship discussion. And that concerns me just a little. Don’t get me wrong. I’m […]
This was a great discussion between several NextGen leaders in our district — all about discipleship and what it looks like (and doesn’t look like) in local contexts. Andy Houltberg, the NextGen pastor at Emmanuel Foursquare Church in Salina, KS, was the session facilitator.