10 PRINCIPLES FOR MANAGING CONFLICT IN YOUTH MINISTRY

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

Why Your Kids Need Five Other Adults in Their Lives

I read this last night on  the Facebook Lifepoint Church Culpeper Campus.  It’s Childrens Minister, Eleshia Simms-Klock posted it and I couldn’t agree more with it.  It’s originally written by  Carey Nieuwhof, a well known Pastor and author.  Parents can’t be everything for their kids, I know if it weren’t for a few key adults in … More Why Your Kids Need Five Other Adults in Their Lives

Beyond Pat Answers (repost from youthspecialties.com)

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)

What You Should Say to a Woman in an Abusive Marriage

Of all the re-posted blogs I’ve done, this is one of the most important I feel.  I’ve known quite a few women that have gone through divorce due to abusive relationship and the one commonality is that they feel that they were short changed by their church.  A few women were extremely bitter about it, … More What You Should Say to a Woman in an Abusive Marriage

Maybe We Should Stop Encouraging People to Get out of Their Comfort Zones

This may stir up some controversy.  It’s an interesting premise.  I know I’ve used this argument quite often, guilt-ing people to do something they aren’t comfortable with.   There is a lot to be said about “Stepping out of their comfort zone”, I know when I’ve stepped up and out of my comfort zone it … More Maybe We Should Stop Encouraging People to Get out of Their Comfort Zones

‘WITH GREAT POWER COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY’: THE SHEEP ARE WATCHING

This was a tough article to read to be honest, it convicted because of the circumstances of my life the past couple of months.   Whether you’re paid staff or volunteer, this is a reminder that we are under a microscope.  Teens/kids/adults are watching us and will model our actions and attitudes.    Read the … More ‘WITH GREAT POWER COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY’: THE SHEEP ARE WATCHING