I Thought I was Focused

I Thought I Was Focused but I wasn’t

I was in my quiet time and I couldn’t believe it. My mind was straying all over the place. I seemed to lack the ability to concentrate for more than two minutes without my mind straying. No wonder I’ve been distracted lately! In my busyness I let things slip and realized I needed to get back to these 3 laser-like focusing practices…

GIVE Like Santa SAVE Like Scrooge

It’s Time to give and save!

Anyone a certain age in Canada, will remember the Canadian Tire commercials that aired during the Christmas season for two decades. The slogan “Give like Santa, save like Scrooge” became part of pop culture. In these commercials we were told that by shopping at Canadian Tire we could give generously like Santa, while saving money like the miserly Scrooge.  In this line of thought: How can we in youth ministry “give like Santa and save like Scrooge?”

Here are a few thoughts:

#MeToo Your Students are Harassed

It’s happening to your students

Vanessa looks all around before she takes a seat on the bus. Ever since she was touched inappropriately by a man on her way to school she doesn’t feel safe even when travelling in a group. Her youth worker asked why she didn’t tell the bus driver. She just shrugged.

Jill, 14, was on a mission trip watching the other team members perform a skit when a group of men in the crowd moved in around her and began to push her to the back of the crowd. She wonders what might have happened to her if she hadn’t struggled free and got back to her leader.

Ismay is sick of her jr high classroom. “Why do they always pick on me and the other girls!” she complained in small group.” She had been poked with pencils, found rude sketches with her name underneath, and received lewd comments almost daily. “Why don’t the teachers do anything about it!”

Harassment is a daily occurrence for some of your students. It happens at the mall, in classrooms and sometimes at youth meetings. Here are some things you can do to help your male and female students.

The Secret Sauce for Youth Ministry

It might not be what you think!

This past weekend there was a Toy Story marathon on TV.  Throughout the weekend I could sit down at any time and jump into this iconic movie trilogy.  As I watched these films, I was once again aware of the   numerous messages that can be taken from these films and one message is evident: the toys care for each other.  These films are great examples of the secret sauce for youth ministry. You’ll be amazed to see what it is!

The Adolescent Anxiety Epidemic: What You Can Do

41%

-That’s the number of college freshmen reporting that last year they had experienced “overwhelming anxiety!” High school administrators across the US, report “a glut of anxious, overwhelmed students.” In an interview for the New York Times, Laurie Farkas, said . “But there’s just been a steady increase of severely anxious students.” Here is what you need to know so you can help your students

It’s Time to Hit the Reset Button

If you are anything like me you have a love hate relationship with technology. One minute whatever devise you are using works, the next you want to throw it out a window.  The go-to solution for many technical problems is to hit the power button or reset the device. If things are getting crazy for you, here’s how reset things…

10 Simple Tips for the Best Brainstorming Ever

Big Confession: I’ve never considered myself a very creative person.

I’m in awe of those who come up with new and creative ideas at the drop of a hat.  When starting out in ministry I felt like I needed to be the one who came up with the great ideas, and then I realized how misguided I was. I was always looking for the next youth ministry book or idea but then I found the a vast source of creative ideas…. my own group……

The Future of Youth Ministry

Have you seen this? 

The room is in darkness except for the laser lights. The youth pastor step into the single spot light on the stage. He begins with a short stand up comedy routine then tells an emotional story about a struggling teen. Students are snapchatting the event. The speaker looks down at his phone and reads a Bible verse and introduces his tag line which he will repeat 6 more times before his final appeal.

The band comes back as he concludes with prayer. The students will respond with 2 more worship songs then make their way out of the room for snacks and a hangout time to return for the worship experience next week.

This is one version of what to expect from the typical youth night in the future. I’d like to propose an alternate future that will produce greater life change in the lives of students and their families.