I had the opportunity and honor to teach my youth group last night. I have to say a big thanks to my youth pastor Nate Viar and Pastor Mark Jenkins of Mountain View Community Church for giving me the opportunity to do this. We’ve been teaching on the topic of GUARDRAILS in life, what … More GUARDRAILS IN RELATIONSHIPS: FLEE BABY FLEE.
This is a great article from youthministry.com. I’ll be honest and say that, like the authors, when I was younger and still “growing up” in youth ministry, I thought being a youth worker meant you had to be popular, attractive, charismatic, all kinds of ability, and young, and that by the age of 40, … More Students Need Adults
This is a very interesting article. I have to admit, in the 90’s, I got fully behind the purity/true love waits movement, but I always felt there was something missing in what we were teaching. True love does wait, but it’s more then that. Love doesn’t wait just because we found verses in … More STUDENT MINISTRY AND THE PURITY CULTURE
I had the honor of speaking to my youth group on Sunday night. My topic was “Are you too busy” with Psalm 90 as my Sermon Reference. I think it went well. Here’s the lesson, small group questions are at the bottom.
“Use the Culture, to Reach the Culture.” That was the mantra for Liberty University youth majors back in the ’90’s. We had outstanding mentors that encouraged us and mentored us to understand the culture of the kids we were going to minister to. That’s one thing I’ve tried to do over the years, … More How To Learn About Youth Culture In Your Community
This goes hand in hand with my previous article about disappointing students. I’ve probably posted something like this last year, but it’s always good to have this kind of information. This is also pertinent for handling conflict in general, because life is conflict sometimes. Don’t get the wrong idea now, I’m not in any huge … More 10 PRINCIPLES FOR MANAGING CONFLICT IN YOUTH MINISTRY
Doubting or questioning GOD isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I have often doubted GOD, especially as a teenager. I think GOD is big enough that HE can handle someone questioning, in the correct way, HIS existence. I think HE even encourages it. My GOD is a GOD who is eternal, all knowing, and never … More CREATING SPACE FOR STUDENTS TO DOUBT
I’m a big believer in not giving teenagers “pat answers” or “tired cliches”. Teenagers, like anyone else, want their leaders to be first and foremost want honesty, and if we don’t have an answer be honest and say we don’t know. The below article is pretty good and is good advice for any … More Beyond Pat Answers (repost from youthspecialties.com)
Pornography is a hot button topic for me namely because I’ve struggled with it for so long. I believe God has given me the victory over it, and I honestly don’t have a desire to look at it, but I have to be honest and also say there were moments in the past couple months … More 8 Lies Your Kids Believe about Porn