Engaging Parents in Youth Ministry

Getting parents involved in your ministry is either really difficult or really easy. For most of us, it’s probably a combination of the two. Perhaps you have parents who’ve been begging to be part of ministry since your first kick-off. Maybe you feel like pulling teeth from a horse would […]

The Best Gift We Can Give: Praying For Your Teens

Her eyes were puffy, and her cheeks flushed. The bottom of her lip was trembling as the fake smile plastered across her face cracked. Her answers to my questions were one worded. My student had clearly been crying. Seeing that something was wrong, I told her she was more than […]

I’m Not Giving Up On You!

I don’t know if someone spoke those words to you, but they are powerful. They are a statement of support. They say, “Regardless of how bad you get, how far you go, I’m standing by you.” In ministry, we have those moments. Whether it’s that one Core Member you need […]

Your Ministry’s Presence on Social Media Matters

Teens check their phones countless times throughout the day. They are checking snaps and stories, scrolling through tweets and Instagram, sharing how they feel and retweeting the awesome. Your ministry’s presence on social media is more important now than ever. Why? If you are not engaging teens every day, you […]

Pick Up Your Cross…

Well God, here we go again: the beginning of another ministry year. Freshmen are imploding at Life Night with a mixture of energy and nerves. Seniors already are suffering from senioritis. Veteran Core is setting the most excellent example by showing up late for the excited new Core Members. And […]

Kid’s Table

I am blessed in a lot of ways. I don’t always realize it, but in the quiet moments when I think about what God does in my life I realize how little I deserve it. One of the most amazing parts of what I do with Life Teen is that […]

A Piece of Mail Changed My Life

I had just graduated from eighth grade, and I received an invitation in the mail to the Freshman Welcome Life Teen Luau at my church. I knew about the luau since every June an ominous looking volcano water slide, made out of what looked like discarded wood and black trash […]

Gold or Nothing!

So, I might have reached Olympic exhaustion by sitting on my couch every single night the past two weeks. It is difficult work to sit, watch, and cheer on athletes who have trained tirelessly for their entire lives. It’s my American duty to cheer on my country, and I have […]

Six Steps to Make it the Best Year Ever!

A new school year means big plans. As youth ministers, we are in the midst of planning Life Teen, Confirmation, and Edge kick-offs, doing Core training, and inviting teens to be a part of the ministry family. In the middle of the back to school chaos, it’s important to reflect […]