The early excitement and sense of adventure have gone away. That’s true for youth pastors, volunteers, and students alike. But there are still some things you can do to make the most of this time. Here’s 6 ideas for you…
The question isn’t if your group has a culture. It does. The question, instead, is: What is your group’s culture? This post provides you with 3 questions and actionable answers for how to address your ministry’s culture.
In 1973, Wes Seeliger, an Episcopal Priest, wrote and illustrated a book called Western Theology. I had never heard of it until another student in my doctoral cohort mentioned it in one of our round table discussions. I was intrigued, so I bought a copy to check it out. After reading it, I’m convinced that […]
The most recent reality-business show that caught my attention was Undercover Billionaire on Discovery Channel. I was hooked from the start. In this post, I share 7 ideas I picked up along the way that can help your ministry.
I was sitting at the table, surrounded by a cohort of fellow doctoral students, when the conversation turned to the question of effectiveness. One of the pastors in the cohort was talking about his thesis project. He was leading his congregation through a building campaign that would allow them to do ministry more effectively in the […]
With puberty, middle school students start to develop a new ability to think abstractly. They begin to question their childhood beliefs. In this post, I share an easy way to help them work through those questions and doubts.
The early Christian movement spread because the first Christians didn’t close themselves off from non-Christians. Perhaps that might also be the key to growing your youth group in today’s post-Christian culture.
Before you ask your students to invite all of their friends, get your place in order and create an environment where students who show up for the first time will want to come back a second time.
New students won’t show up to your ministry if they don’t know about your ministry. That’s why buzz matters. In this post, I share three ways to build buzz and get people talking about your ministry.
In the wake of recent Christian deconversion stories, I felt compelled to post this open letter that I included in my book, Varsity Faith. It’s a plea for practical theology to make its way into youth ministry.