The Best Game for Fall 2017

If your group isn’t already playing this they’re missing out.

Dozens of students line up for their turn. Leaders want to get in on the act. Some stick around just to play after the students are gone. Nine Square isn’t new but if your students aren’t playing it they are missing out. The game practically runs itself and if you can get the pieces, its pretty easy to put together. You can have it up and running in no time.

Here are the rules and instructions!

Warning: The 8 Crucial Social Media Guidelines

Please don’t mess up in this area. It’s easier than you realize!

Social media has changed how many interact with each other.  It’s how many connect, communicate and sadly for some, live their lives.  I can remember when I first heard students talking about Myspace, then Facebook, and all the other platforms that have followed.  Social media can be an effective tool for youth ministry in promoting the ministry and connecting with students.

It can also be dangerous.  I’ve heard stories and seen how youth workers have gotten into trouble because of how they have used social media.  It’s important that youth ministries set guidelines for how their leaders and their youth ministry will use social media. Here are 8 crucial social media guidelines. 

3 Secrets from Harry Potter World for Student Ministry

Distraction is a major problem but not at Universal Studios Harry Potter World.

In fact, Universal Studios uses these 3 powerful secrets to grab your attention and hold it. What are these secrets and how can we harness them to impact students’ lives!? Here’s what I discovered this week…

The Definitive List of Volunteer Expectations

Adult Volunteers!!  We need ’em!

For any student ministry to be effective having dedicated and quality adult volunteers is essential.  They are there when a youth pastor begins at a student ministry and they are there when the youth pastor leaves.  Adult volunteers or leaders are the backbone of any successful youth ministry. Here’s almost everything you need to know about their roles and expectations…

One Simple Principle That Helped Me Survive Student Ministry

I was a bad fit for student ministry.

I had never intended to go into it. I was more interested in world relief or overseas missions as I went through college. My mind and soul were fed on the work of missionaries like Hudson Taylor, C.T. Studd and Mother Theresa. I saw no purpose in entertaining students or having fun. Even worse, I was a happy introvert, who would much rather work on an essay than be at a party. The demands of Student Ministry seemed polar opposites of who I was as a person and what I felt called to do with my life.

Then everything changed….

What A HUGE Mistake!  Six Lessons I Learned From it.

What a huge mistake!

I moved to my new office at Vanguard College recently. My daughter and I were decorating it with all my Coca Cola memorabilia. I‘ve been collecting Coke items for years.  I have bottles and cans from all over the world and from different eras.  One of the cans in my collection is a can of original Coke, before Coca Cola made one of the biggest mistakes in it’s history. 

This Is What the Wall Street Journal Says We Need to Know about The 2017 Teenage Spiritual Crisis

On June 13, 2017 the Wall Street Journal ran an article titled, The Teenage Spiritual Crisis. For those of us who have invested our lives in youth ministry, any new insight is always valuable. What do they see that I don’t? What is at the heart of this 2017 Spiritual Crisis and what can we do about it?

6 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started in Youth Ministry

I thought I knew what I was doing but…

… I realized I had a lot to learn!

I was recently looking through some old pictures of all the different youth ministries I’ve had the privilege to lead. After over 20 years in youth ministry, I’ve had my share of successes and failures.  There are many things that I wish I had known way back when I started. Here are 6 of them.