Video of the Week: Small Group Promo Video

I love this video (inspired by Shoot Christians Say). In the past year, we’ve realized at our church that we’ve been using a lot of lingo that might be familiar to “insiders” (people who’ve been around our church awhile) but is confusing to the very people we want to reach: people who haven’t been to […]

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The Supposed Superpowers of a Youth Pastor

Youth pastors are pretty great people. I might be biased (being a youth pastor and all), but I make that claim having known a lot of youth pastors. Youth workers not only tend to have big hearts, but they have some talents that sometimes border on superhuman feats of strength and skill. They can pull […]

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Lies We Tell Teenagers About Their Suffering

Every teenager you work with suffers. Suffering is a common experience we all share, yet it is one that we talk very little about in the church world. It’s no wonder why we avoid talking about suffering. It’s uncomfortable, it hurts, and there are no answers that bring about a resolution to suffering this side […]

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Video of the Week: John Piper, Matt Chandler, and David Platt on Social Justice and Young Evangelicals

Really, really interesting conversation among John Piper, Matt Chandler, and David Platt on social justice and younger evangelical Christians. Definitely worth ten minutes of your time, especially since teenagers (to me, at least) seem geared towards projects and movements that involve social justice. Some questions to think about as you watch the video: Do you […]

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What’s in Your Youth Ministry? Part 3: Love

Today is the last in a three-part series on what needs to be in your youth ministry (and mine as well). So far, we’ve covered the first (Jesus) and the second (Grace). The third? Love. Yeah, love. I know, it seems kind of cheesy. Not very strategic, maybe. But very, very important. One Sunday night […]

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What’s in Your Youth Ministry? Part 2: Grace

Last week, I posted the first post in a three-part series on three things that need to be a big part of our youth ministries. Today, we’ll cover grace. Grace is one of those words that is so familiar to us—at least those of us in church circles—that we read right over it when we […]

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Video of the Week: Neely McQueen – Five Things The Church Misunderstands About Girls

Neely McQueen has some great thoughts about how the Church often misunderstands girls. It’s especially helpful if you’re a male youth worker like me…check it out:

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What’s in Your Youth Ministry? Part 1: Jesus

It’s just about September, which means that your fall youth ministry calendar is about to kick into high gear. For youth ministries, September is a new year of sorts, and it’s a great time to evaluate your youth ministry. Over the next week, I’ll be asking an important question: What’s in your youth ministry? Each […]

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The Problem with Family-Based Youth Ministry

This is a post that I have started to write, stopped, deleted, and rewritten a few times over the past year. The reason I’ve been so hesitant to finish it and share it with the world is because I wanted to get it right, and I didn’t want to say something I never intended to […]

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