In a phone conversation with Mary Sharon Moore, an interviewer with Called and Gifted, the concept of living on the green growing edge came up. This was a gifts interview, an attempt to further discern particular charisms, certain supernatural graces, that an individual might have. At this point in the conversation we were discussing the … Continue reading The Green Growing Edge
After working as a rookie youth minister for over a year now, I see how this past year has brought so many blessings and opportunities. It's been a year of growth and has changed me for the better. Here’s the top ten things that youth ministry has taught me so far.
Humanity, people, you…Every single person comes from community and is drawn to community. The Trinity, a community of 3 persons, one God, breathed us into existence. Biologically it takes a community of a man and a woman to create a child. Sociologically, community is essential in order for the person to develop and thrive.
This past week our church hosted Cave Quest VBS. It was an outstanding adventure… and a significant amount of work. Here are a few lessons I learned about Evangelization from Vacation Bible School. Evangelization is Joy-filled At the morning VBS meeting, the leaders reminded the volunteers that the energy they bring is the energy that … Continue reading 4 things I learned about Evangelization from Vacation Bible School
Youth ministry is not perfect. Many blogs have recently pointed out the problems Youth Ministry has. It tries to be the primary catechist and takes Sunday nights away from families. It’s not mentioned in the bible and does not have a great retention rate. It cannot hold the same authority that the parents or pastors … Continue reading The Problem with Youth Ministry is that it is an Adolescent Itself
You’ve worked on your talk for weeks in prayer and preparation. You’re excited to deliver the Truth of Christ to the youth. Then, as you’re passionately speaking, you look out to see a room filled with glazed over eyes. They have completely checked out. We’ve all been there. Here’s 5 ways to keep your audience … Continue reading 5 Simple Steps to Create Engaging Talks
I’m starting with a rant. I love going to concerts but I am bothered when the lead singer holds out the microphone and makes the audience sing. Yes, I know the song, but I also know how horrible I sound. I paid to see them perform the song, not for the artist to watch me … Continue reading Hold Out the Mic, It’s Not Your Ministry
For Christmas this year, our one-year-old son received a fisher price basketball hoop. It has been played with for about 40 hours since he got it. His time with the toy amounts to less than an hour. Dad loves it, sisters love it. We recently had some friends over and their son had just seen … Continue reading 4 Movements in Evangelization You Need to Know
Whether you want to get some energy out, build community, or just have fun; when done well a game can be a great way to get the juices flowing and break the ice in a ministry setting. RULES TO SUCCESSFUL GAMES 1. Have the youth in the starting position before you explain the game. Whenever … Continue reading How to Win with Games in Ministry: Trench Tested Games
Those committed to their faith know the importance of having a relationship with Christ. But for teens who are learning about the Church it can be difficult to grasp not only the beautiful theology but why it matters for their lives today. It’s vital to recognize that you’re not called to simply teach the faith, … Continue reading 5 Ways to Make Faith Relevant to Teens