INSIDE OUT -Understanding Teens’ Emotional Brains

Why do I feel this way?

Disney/Pixar has provided a funny, perceptive look inside a student’s head in Inside Out!

It’s funny also that the movie relies on some new findings about how a student’s brain is changing. For parents and youth workers this information is important because it answers questions like:

How do I respond to emotional out bursts?
How do I help students understand themselves?
How can I help my son or daughter make more reasonable choices?
How do I help guide students to emotional maturity?

Here are some important discoveries that all of us can put to good use… at the end I also have a list of resources…

Duffy Robbins’ 7 Tools to Help Students Grow Spiritually

I just finished reading a great youth ministry book by Duffy Robbins.

It is called “Building a Youth Ministry That Builds Disciples.”

I have to make a disclaimer right off the top, I am a fan of Duffy Robbins.  I like how he sees youth ministry and his focus on making disciples.

In the second section of the book he talks about building a faith that lasts in students. Here’s what he says…

Help Students PRAY -Infographic

Considering the chaos in our world, I feel like I need to pray more effectively

I keep telling myself that when I work, I work, but when I pray, God works. I have the right slogans and read the right books. What I really need is to get down to it.

Here’s something that I developed years back. My friend Chris, who runs EGAD Ideas took my graphic and fixed it up for you. Already it has helped tons of parents and teens pray more effectively

Exciting New Resource for You -Sexual Integrity Initiative

What does your heart tell you? probably the worst way to make sexual choices says, Dr. Walt Mueller founder and president of the Center for Youth and Parent Understanding (CPYU.ORG) this week at Vanguard College.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day and the release of Fifty Shades of Grey, CPYU is launching a new website to help parents and teens make sense of the confusing sexual messages we are bombarded with every day.

Here are some of the highlights, insights on Fifty Shades and a link to the new site.

These 2 Evaluation Tools are Worth Your Time

I’m constantly being evaluated by my students.

It could seem threatening but it keeps me improving. I’m also constantly evaluating the Youth Ministry Institute that I co-lead with Tyson Howells. We’re regularly looking for new ways to make our program better.

Sometimes we evaluate student ministries to help them be the best that they can be. Here are 2 consulting tools that I like to use with groups. I hope you find them helpful.