4 Strategies to Build on the Youth Camp, Conference or Retreat Experience

Enthusiasm is running high!

New commitments have been made. Now what are you going to do? The temptation is to rejoice, give a sigh of relief and then relax. The danger is that in this exciting time commitments may be forgotten. Students might not get the help that they need to follow through. Here are 4 proven strategies to help students build on the experience… 

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…

How to Stop Baby Sitting Students

How do you know if you have begun to babysit students?

It can happen so easily. Somewhere along the way my ministry turned into a baby sitting service. I didn’t even see it happening. Something changed in me and in them. Here are 7 signs that you are baby sitting and some ways to get out of it.

4 Ways to Move Students Forward in their Faith

I’m in Maui this week fighting with the waves on the beach. (tough job but somebody has to do it!) I got thinking about students who seem to make some progress and like caught in the under tow, get pulled to sea. Instead of progressing some students get worse with age until they finally abandon their faith.

On the other hand there are those. that although they may be pummeled by the same waves of culture and academic expectations, they manage to rise above them and move on with their faith. For many of these students it was because they had a great family and great coach helping them to get up and move on. Here are 4 ways they help move students forward in their faith: 

Canadian vs. American Values: They’re different, eh!

Cultural values are changing

But how are they changing and how do we respond?

A July 9, 2016 Abacus study of 1500 Canadians 18 and up mirrored a recent American Gallup poll. When asked the same questions there were significant differences between the two countries! Here are some of the highlights.

4 Reasons to Get Your Students to Camp this Summer

Hopefully it’s not too late!

“Camps make a huge difference in the lives of students.”

That’s what a Group Magazine survey of a thousand youth discovered. Students determined that the greatest change in their life happened through camps, retreats, trips, and extended times together. Here are 4 reasons why you should make every effort to get your students to camp.

Harvard Prof: Skills Every 18 Year Old Needs

Begin with the end in mind

As we prepare our kids for the real world it is great to have some clear goals. A Harvard Prof provides a useful list of skills we should help teens develop before college or university. I think that for Christian students there are a few more that we should add to the list. Take a look at how far along your teen is…

The Secrets of Disciple Making

What business are you in?

If you are in the youth ministry you’re in the business of producing disciples. So why does it seem so hit and miss with some students moving forward and others falling off the rails? It has taken me many years but I think I am discovering that these are the secrets each of us need to know: