How to Stop Stumbling from One Video Series to the Next & Free Giveaway!

Most of us use a hit or miss approach to teaching in our student ministries. We latch on to the best new video series out there and look for the next before this one runs out. What is the result, after three years of our patchwork teaching? What have our high  school students got as a foundation for life, when we are done with them? Is there a better approach? I think there is!

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The Challenge

I was challenged by my prof, Dr. John Wilkinson, to do better than that. He asked us to compile a list of 100 Characteristics Every Fully Discipled Teen should develop in 3 years under our teaching. I was skeptical that it could be done! Like there are 100 attitudes, behaviors, and truths that every student should have when they left my ministry?! Really?!

Well, I took the challenge. Do you have any idea what I came up with? I am dying to share it with you!

3 Attitudes That Will Create a Successful Short-Term Missions Trip

I just recently returned from a short term missions trip

… in New York City with a team of 30.  It had fun, frustrating, and impacting moments throughout it.  However, I think it was a huge success because there were three attitudes we constantly reminded ourselves of.  I think these three attitudes are the differences between a good and a bad trip.

Three Things the Olympics Taught on How to be a Better Youth Worker

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I won’t lie, I love it when the Olympics are on.  All TV watching rules are thrown out of the window in our house and we consume hours upon hours of watching athletes compete for their country.  It is exciting, patriotic and exhilarating to watch.  The two weeks never seem to be long enough.

This year as I was watching the Winter Olympics I realized these athletes could teach us something on being a better youth worker.

NHL Game Changing Secrets

He Shoots! He Scores!

I love these words. I love the sense of accomplishment and victory! But that big win isn’t pure luck. That thrilling moment is the result of hard work, determination and strategic secrets that we can apply to youth work.

Here’s an example. Right now I am coaching a young youth worker. She feels that she is making all the right moves, but can’t “get the puck in the net.” She is working really hard but no matter how hard she works, it seems that nothing is changing.

I have been there too but I stumbled on to some game changing NHL Secrets that I am sharing with her and would like to share with you.

I don’t claim to know a ton about hockey but there are a few surprising applications to youth work. Here are some that I pointed out to my student who is working with a youth ministry that is kind of stuck.

The 6 Keys to Keeping Your Best Volunteers!

I was failing when it came to holding on to excellent volunteers at a Canadian Mega Church. These were quality leaders and they were leaving my youth ministry. Desperately I began to read everything I could get my eyes on to figure out why they were leaving and how I could get them to stay. In a short time I developed an effective plan.

The first thing I began to do was to realize that…

Important Starbucks Secrets

I am sitting here at Starbucks

…and yet another group of teens is lined up at the till ordering, chatting, flirting; feeling very much at home. At the long table, a grade 12 student seems to be studying for an exam. She seems fairly comfortable in this space, with her head phones, latte, and free Wi-Fi, as she pauses to text. As I am sitting here, I realize the teens own this space and I am wishing that they would feel this much at home at their youth group.

As I look around I can see why teens like it here and realize that there are ideas that we can steal for our youth ministries…