My Magical Christmas Eve

Two back to back exams, a failed youth party, and one of the most magical nights of my life!

It was the night before, the night before Christmas (Dec 23rd) and I was doing an all-nighter at the church, pouring over Psychology and Human Anthropology. Why in the world I schedule two 3 hour exams back to back on Christmas eve day is beyond me. I needed to get the two correspondence courses done before Christmas to complete my BA before I could begin my Masters in January. I had no idea what I was in for that day!

JOY! 3 Ways to Help Students Experience it!

“Dad!”

“I felt warm in my heart and so happy tonight when that student was sharing with me! It felt like I was doing the right thing! It felt so good!”

I was thrilled too as my daughter shared with me after youth night. My heart was also filled with joy!! I wished every parent, student and leader could feel this overwhelming sense of pure joy! Here are three ways that I believe we can help students experience JOY!

20 Tips I wish I could have given parents of teens before their kids were 4

I’ve never had the chance to share with parents of young children

until this weekend but I’ve wanted to for the past 30 years! Why? Because often the difficulties that parents are having with their teens could be less difficult if a proper foundation for the relationship was established in the early years…Here are 20 things I always wanted to share with parents…

6 Core Characteristics of Youth Friendly Churches

It’s not about music or programs.

That’s what the research is telling us. After a study of 250 growing churches that attract youth and young adults, Fuller Youth Institute is sure that younger church members are looking for something else. Here are 6 core characteristics to develop to become  a youth friendly church…

3 Things to Pursue… Instead of Adventure

They weren’t Looking for adventure…

…but as they pursued these 3 things adventure found them!

Whatever it was that motivated Jesus’ disciples, I doubt it was a thirst for thrills. Peter actually told Jesus to get away from him at first. The others were called and then called others to follow him. None of them give any indication that they were adrenaline junkies looking for the “next big thing.” In fact, I think if you look at this more closely, these are the things we should be using to inspire young people instead of thrills.