Sometimes in ministry we set a course for a destinatation but drift further away despite our best efforts.
Christians are perceived as being prideful and critical towards others. How did we acquire this image of a judgemental character?
So you would like for your tween or teen to be a Christian? What are you doing in your church or at your home that will support your child? If you have high expectations, then you need to give high support.
By now it is universally accepted that people – especially young adults are leaving the church in masses. One reason, it seems, is because Christians are perceived out of touch with reality...
Anima: The Forum for Worship and the Arts is a project concerned with including our youth and young adults in worship leadership. Training videos available on their website could be used as discussion fodder at worship committee meetings or planning groups.
I believe that many of our churches can still turn the tide on the youth and young adult exodus--even though these feel like anxious times.
Listening to others and what they experience in their lives makes us better and more productive tools of God; ones that can carry out His purposes.
Christians are often perceived as hypocrites. How can we reverse this impression and squash moral superiority in our lives?
On October 1st, Michael J. Kruger, President and Samuel C. Patterson Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC posted and article entitled "Social Justice and the Gospel: What is the Core Mission of the Church?" Here is the link:...
Much like a race car driver needs to slow down through the corner enabling him to go faster in a different direction, so to a youth worker who is making changes needs to go about it at a slower pace...
No one wants to be a volunteer drop out. One tool I use to make sure volunteers feel successful in their roles is a chart of the volunteer lifecycle specifically with youth ministry in mind.
Over 100 ministry leaders from across North America gathered in Grand Rapids, MI, for an afternoon of discussion and learning about doing ministry with students living with autism; hearing, visual, and mobility impairments; mental health challenges; and other disabilities.
Mark Matlock recently posted on the Youth Specialties website the "5 reasons why the church NEEDS youth ministry". The video in the posting captures a bit of his passion for this, but for those of you who do not have time to watch the video, below are his reasons why the church needs youth ministries.
Often we spend time reviewing what we have done and making plans for what we need to do in the coming season. It is a time of getting feedback, trying to figure out how we can do things better and what changes could or need be done.
When we make changes in ministry, is it proactive and calculated or is it reactive?
As we find rest from a busy season, how are we preparing to refill our cup?
Looking for bible studies that focus on specific books of the Bible for teens.
Try these four strategies for implementing Sabbath a bit more effectively.
Telling others about Jesus does not have to be scary.
I recently read an article that stated how important it was for youth workers to have patience. I immediately thought: “uh-oh, I’m in trouble”. Patience is definitely a virtue I did not receive in plenty.
A young adult told me the other day that maybe we should look at the Sabbath differently. See how her perspective helps us rethink the Sabbath.
“Can you recommend a good devotional for teens?” “Good” is completely subjective: a devotional that connects with one teen ends up collecting dust for another.
A video compiled remembering Jake Hiemstra
The words we use to describe what we do has a direct relationship to how our ministry is perceived by the congregation and the people we serve.
There is a room in God’s Kingdom somewhere in northern Alberta where His children tried something quite radical.