Posts by Matt:

    Don’t Lose This

    January 4th, 2018

    This matters more than you think! In your quest to connect with kids don’t lose sight of the traditions they love. Here’s how to stay relevant and still build on past successes…

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    A Christmas Story: 6 Important Lessons

    December 18th, 2017

    You’ve Got to See this…

    Christmas is just around the corner, we are full on into the season.  Turn on the TV and there are multiple Christmas movies and shows to watch. One of my favorites is “A Christmas Story.”

    This move tells the story of Ralphie Parker who only wants one thing for Christmas: A Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle.  Throughout the movie, we are introduced to Ralphie’s quest and several colourful characters.  Throughout this movie are many funny moments that provides 6 important lessons for everyone!

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    GIVE Like Santa SAVE Like Scrooge

    December 4th, 2017

    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:

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    The Secret Sauce for Youth Ministry

    November 21st, 2017

    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!

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    It’s Time to Hit the Reset Button

    November 6th, 2017

    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

    October 17th, 2017

    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……

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    Get to the Next Level Using This Evaluation Process

    October 3rd, 2017

    Evaluating your student ministry can be hard for most youth pastors or workers because it causes you to take an honest look at yourself and the ministry that you’re running.  Evaluations can be very intimidating; they are not necessarily a pleasant experience, but a necessary one if you hope to improve. Try this process…  

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    Introducing Change Without Killing Your Student Ministry

    September 25th, 2017

    We’ve Never Done it that Way Before

    We’ve all heard these statements: – “We’ve never done it that way before” and “It’s always been done like this.”  Change is inevitable in life; we change as individuals.  Our cities grow and change, and we face change in our jobs and families.  A person can’t live without change affecting them.  Yet some people resist or feel uncomfortable with change. Here’s what we need to know and do about this…

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