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Posted: August 30, 2017 in Uncategorized

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Youth Ministry Diet

Posted: August 4, 2017 in Uncategorized

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If you are anything like me, you got into ministry for the steady diet of greasy pizza and Mountain Dew.  But, as the Bible tells us, we cannot live on pizza alone (I think that’s the King James version, if you can’t find it in your Bible).  Too often we find our health is the first of the things we let slide with our eyes on the ministry.  Of course, there are plenty of fit and healthy youth leaders, but if you find that you are slightly more pear-shaped than you used to be, there are some behaviors to examine to help you return to your former glory!

First, let me tell you why I care.  The Bible tells us that we are caretakers of our vessels, and that we should treat our bodies with respect.  I have learned, probably too late in life, that eating an entire stuffed-crust pizza by myself at an overnight is probably not doing that.  We should care for ourselves physically, so we can begin to let God help us spiritually.  Also, we should be a healthy example for our youth.  Many of the following suggestions will benefit your youth as much as yourself.

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Pizza is not always the answer.  I get it, I get it – they deliver and are pretty cheap, and of course the kids (and we) love it!  But, it’s not doing you any favors.  Providing a healthier choice can be a good first step toward a healthier you(th leader).  Try fruits and veggies as snacks and spaghetti or subs for a meal.  Pizza might be a necessary evil in a pinch, but if you can help it, fix yourself something better.

Play along.  A key indicator to me that I am getting to an unhealthy place is when I find myself leading games more often than playing them.  I love playing games, so if I am consciously or subconsciously avoiding it, I may have lost a few steps.  So design games you can be active playing.  If you aren’t a runner, find something that will get your youth and you walking, shuffling, standing, swaying, dancing…whatever.  Activity is good, and you are probably already building it into your youth meetings for your students.  Now it’s time that you play, too.

Rest.  We do overnights and late nights and all sorts of other nights, and more than once I’ve found myself up later than normal or even up all night.  Rest is an important part of your body’s ability to regulate itself and recharge.  Not getting enough is bad for you and can cause weight gain.  Also, when we stay up all night, we are usually counteracting the tireds with the caffeines.  Caffeine is most likely a necessary tool in your youth ministry tool box, but abusing it is actually abusing you.  If you have to stay up all night, keep your blood flowing; walk around more, raise your heart rate.  This will help you stay awake.

Avoid Burning.  Burn out is a very real problem among youth ministry leaders, or any ministry leaders for that matter.  Stress and burn out can lead to depression, unhealthy forms of coping, even physiological reactions that effect your body chemistry, fat-burning, and hormone levels.  Find time to be with yourself, away from stress and work issues.  Pray.  Meditate.  Find the way that you can unwind.  For me, it’s a good movie or some video games. Identify a non-food relaxation and make sure you can treat yourself regularly.

Talk It Out. Many times, we try to maintain the illusion that we have life all figured out.  As ministry leaders, we feel that pressure, whether real or imagined.  It’s important to find someone to talk to about what you are dealing with, whether it be a friend, a mentor or a therapist.  Counseling in any form can be good for a ministry mind, and your mental health is linked to your physical health, too.  So find someone to be your sounding board, your confidant or your counselor and share what’s going on in your ministry, your life, your marriage…and defuse the stress and anxiety you are building up.

These practices are good for any youth leader, not just those struggling with their health, but especially if you are concerned about it.   These suggestions are ones you should adopt and adapt to your personal routine to maintain physical and mental health.

This post was first published on The Middle Years blog.

New Resources!

Posted: July 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

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Around Christmas time and the end of the school year, I see a mad, frantic scurry to secure the perfect gift for adult youth ministry volunteers. Which low-cost, high impact, trendy but practical item is going to make that volunteer gush with fulfillment? I am a gift giver by nature, so it’s natural for me to want to buy or make things for the people I appreciate and care about. It’s also a cultural standard to give gifts to people who work for and with us. But, as explored and popularized by Gary Chapman’s The Five Love Languages, not everyone feels the love when it comes to getting gifts. I found that in my own marriage and friendships that the concepts Gary teaches were incredibly helpful, and so I turned those concepts toward volunteer appreciation and came up with the following thoughts and ideas. Gift giving is by far the most common way volunteers are shown appreciation in a ministerial setting. It’s the same for employees, teachers, postal workers, even taxidermists. Gifts run aplenty. “We love the time and effort you are putting in and the initiative you take, here is a $10 gift card to Starbucks!” Don’t get me wrong, I am not devaluing giving gifts; gift giving is my personal Love Language and I enjoyed every single card, trinket and knickknack I’ve ever been given. But, in addition to costing the ministry or myself money, gifts are not always met with the same enthusiastic response by all my volunteers. What this means is that when I consider how I am going to show my volunteers my appreciation, there are four more ways to direct that energy for maximum results.

Quality Time

Quality time, in a professional or ministerial setting, can be hard. Time is a precious resource, in many ways more valuable even than that youth ministry budget. But, for those volunteers that value quality time over gifts, finding the time to spend with them is important to their feelings of being appreciated. Quality time is defined as time where the focus and energy is on another person. This does not mean buying tickets to an expensive show or outrageous outing. Hanging out and giving my undivided attention is enough to show that particular volunteer that I am thankful for them and their contributions. So having get-togethers where leaders can socialize and I can give them that undivided attention is a big part of how I structure my calendar now. No talking shop*, no multi-tasking, no taking work calls while they sit and wait. Instead, I like to meet away from the church and youth rooms, at a home or casual dining restaurant and spend time eating, laughing, relaxing and enjoying my volunteers. This is such an easy and fun way to connect with my volunteers, plus I use it to go to burger places my wife doesn’t like to go to, so it’s a win-win!

*There is also value in working on special projects with a volunteer. If they are teaching, leading or have ideas about the ministry, by all means I will talk shop. I try to make sure I have time to listen to every single idea or proposal my leaders have, because it’s where awesome ideas come from and it makes my volunteers feel valued. But, this does not take the place of time away from the ministry for relational time with my leaders. One does not substitute for the other, so finding time for both is important.

Acts of Service

Some volunteers, after spending all evening sitting next to Billy because otherwise he flicks boogers at the girls, then cleaning up the bathroom after a toilet overflowed, then ran the copies I forgot to run ahead of time, then waited 20 minutes after the end of youth group because Susie’s parents are running late and I can’t be at the church with her alone, just want to be taken care of. Because their love language is acts of service, they are often the hardest workers and the first to volunteer because the love the ministry, the kids and me. So when it comes time to let them know they are rock stars, finding the right way to do that is crucial. Maybe it means having their favorite blend of special coffee available at the coffee shop. Maybe it’s offering to babysit some Saturday night so they can go out to a movie. In the past I have even coordinated a service day with my volunteers once a month to work for an organization that the volunteers are passionate about. In the long run, these volunteers do so much for me and the ministry, to pay them back in a similar fashion doesn’t seem that strange of an idea.

Words of Affirmation

Next to gift giving, I think this is probably the most utilized form of volunteer appreciation. Words of affirmation is explicitly expressing affirmation, so a nice note in a card, a public announcement of achievement or a poetic scrawling on a bathroom stall all (probably) apply. Every year, at the end of the school year, I make time to publicly, usually in a worship service, affirm my volunteers. In my first church, I also installed a small chalk board and designated it a praise board, where youth and volunteers could write nice things about each other, and I made a point of writing something about each volunteer monthly. If this seems tedious or impossible because of limited time, limited wall space or a deep fear of chalk, then commit to emailing leaders weekly, telling them something they are doing well and how much it is appreciated. For someone who’s Love Language is words of affirmation, this small gesture means more than any iTunes or Starbucks gift card ever could, and it’s easy on the budget and a good life habit to get into.

Physical Touch
I saved this one for last, because it’s the easiest to dismiss as inappropriate or weird. Most ministries and churches have specific rules limiting and discouraging physical touch in it’s entirety, especially between the adults. Unfortunately, we have had to discourage the distinction between platonic and sexual touch, because one can easily be misconstrued as the other. So is this a lost cause? Should I skip this section all together? I don’t want to be hasty, so here’s a bit about physical touch as appreciation in an appropriate and professional setting. First, a ministry is not a marriage or romantic relationship, so the expectations are different, so the rules and definitions are different. A high five, outdated and awkward fist bump or a good old fashioned pat on the back can be an acceptable and appreciated gesture. Second, appreciation isn’t something that is a constant; I don’t give my volunteers gifts or throw parties every Sunday. The volume of physical expressions doesn’t have to seem excessive or constant. Use them sparingly enough that they are noticed as appreciative but often enough to express how the appreciation the volunteers have earned.

Knowing your volunteers’ Love Language in a professional and ministerial setting might be too intimate or awkward of an endeavor for some, which is understandable. Sometimes people get weird around the “love” word. But, making sure volunteers are appreciated, affirmed and encouraged is a top priority in a healthy youth ministry. So the good news is you don’t need to know every intimate detail of how volunteers express love to their spouses or friends or pets even, just spread a wide base. Start doing a little of all of these things, because they are all nice things to do, and because it’s an easy way to observe which ways people respond. I challenge myself to find new ways every year to target both my volunteers and youth to make them feel affirmed and encouraged, since I also spend plenty of time challenging them. Or, if why not go a more direct route and just ask them! A simple, “Hey, how is the best way to show you appreciation?” can clear this right up. Even if it feels weird or awkward, it’s really important to know. In a relational ministry, just like in a relationship, these principals are key and will help nurture leaders who will then be more likely to continue to build the Kingdom (and continue to volunteer to work lock-ins).

This article first appeared on the Youth Specialties Blog here: https://youthspecialties.com/blog/appreciating-volunteers-5-love-languages/

3 Lies We Tell Ourselves

Posted: April 5, 2017 in Uncategorized

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Having spent time working in ministry for as long as I have, there are a number of similarities I’ve found between youth leaders. First, we seem to have a disproportionate amount of pizza in our diets. Second, we seem to own more t-shirts than the average adult. Third, we are a bunch of liars.

We all lie to ourselves as ministry leaders. We probably all lie to ourselves as humans. Maybe it’s because we are good at putting on a brave face for the church and our ministries, or maybe because our passion for what we do clouds the logical part of our brains. Either way, we convince ourselves of things that are not true, and a lot of the time it’s at the expense of our own health or well being. It can be dangerous to our relationships, our faith and our jobs, and it needs to stop. As I said, there is no shortage of examples, but there are a few lies that are particularly unhealthy and seem to be universally believed at one time or another. In hopes of addressing them and moving past them, I’ve picked a few to consider. So here are the three biggest lies we as youth leaders tell ourselves.

  1. I don’t care about numbers. Let me be clear – youth ministry isn’t about the numbers. I know that. Ministry is about relationships and making disciples, focusing on people as individuals, not crowds. So numbers don’t matter to me…except they kind of do. Not because my church or leadership is pressuring me to get bigger numbers; everyone I work with and for is enlightened enough to understand how true ministry works, and that spiritual growth is not quantified by attendance numbers. Not because my budget or resources are tied to attendance; I am blessed to have the support and resources of the community as a whole. It’s not even because of my students; they actually prefer smaller numbers for better conversations and a more intimate feel. No, the pressure of getting big numbers is all my own doing. No matter how how much I tell others and myself that I don’t care about numbers, the truth is that I do care. Deep down I want more youth to come. Part of me gets wrapped up in the if I am supposed to make disciples of all the nations, which sounds like a lot of people to me, more youth at a time is better. It’s just math. Another, much bigger, part of me sees my attendance as a reflection of the job I am doing. I know it’s unhealthy and irrational, but our minds don’t always work in rational or healthy ways. I also think it’s what drives me to do well. I love my job and want to build a great program, and too many years of ministries and churches have pounded into me the perceived connection between numbers and success.

Truth: In our minds, how we choose to view and gauge our own success will trump how others gauge our success every single time, so if we are too wrapped up in numbers, we will stress ourselves out of doing true ministry. I think caring a little bit is inevitable but it’s a slippery slope, so we must keep ourselves in check so we don’t let it run wild. I like to set goals for myself outside of attendance numbers, make a list and review it every 3-6 months. It helps me strategize to meet those goals, which drives the ministry and my passion into new and exciting places and helps me focus on what I should be focusing instead of worrying and stressing out about the nonsense of numbers.

  1. I know enough to do what I do. There are several variations of this one, like “I can learn everything I need to know from Google” or “I read a book once, now I can do perfect ministry” or even “My ministry’s been successful for years now, I can keep just doing what I’m doing.” They are all different lies tied to the same truth: growth is necessary. There is a wide array of positions and a wide array of qualifications to hold those positions in the youth ministry world. My first youth position was as a “Youth Director” and I was hired with no related degree or experience. My only experience in youth ministry at the time was my own youth ministry from when I was in high school, some 4 years previous in a different town, different community demographic and different denomination. Now, over a decade later, with lots of experience under my belt and a resume that makes it look like I know what I am doing, it’s tempting to think that I am doing everything the best way it could be done, or that the past success of my ministry automatically means future success if I keep doing what I have been doing. My first congregation didn’t have funds to send me to conferences or pay for educational opportunities, so for a long time I had gotten into the mindset that I had to figure it out myself. Once I found a way of doing things, I convinced myself that it was the only and best way. It’s a habit I have worked hard to break, and I have to continually work to not revert back there when things are going well.

Truth: There are too many amazing resources out there to think that there’s nothing you could learn. Classes and conferences are a great way to hear and see what’s on the cutting edge of youth ministry. There are unbelievable things that ministries are doing in their churches and communities and there are numerous opportunities to learn all about it. Even peer-to-peer networking can be an amazing resource, if you come into it with an open heart. It’s easy to get into competition with other leaders, but if you can fight that urge, you can learn a ton as well as be a resource for others. Some of the best ideas and programs I have done and still do started with a brainstorming session with my network of youth worker friends or hearing about an event they did and loved. The bottom line is that we don’t have to rely on ourselves and Google to figure out how to invent youth ministry. There are pioneers out there trying new, exciting things that want to tell you and show you how they did it. Youth ministry is a team sport; we get to learn and grow together if we are willing to try.

  1. I am spiritually full. There are times that this is the truth, but I find that those times are few and far between for the average youth worker. There is something deceiving about spending most of my time reading and studying the Bible and sitting in church services. If you look at the data, I should be very spiritually satisfied. When it comes down to time in the Word and in a pew, I am doing really well. My prayer life is astounding; after my personal prayers, staff meeting prayers, youth group prayers, lunch meeting graces, and Sunday morning prayers, it almost feels unceasing! When it comes to being in the church itself, I am doing amazing. In the percentage of conversations that involve God, faith or the Bible, I’ve recently leveled up to Pope-status. I should be brimming with the faith warm fuzzies. The trouble is, I don’t think about it much, with the rest of my life distracting me. Family, friends, money, housework…there are countless things I can choose to focus on instead. And even when I feel the ache of spiritual drought, I usually convince myself that it’s just being tired or busy or stressed.

Truth: My work is not devotion. It’s just not. Leading worship is not the same as worshiping. Sunday mornings at your church is still being work. I am still “on” when I am at church on Sunday. I don’t take the time to be raw or broken, I don’t allow myself to expose myself and break down. I am in the pews, but I am also at my workplace. Spiritual retreats and mission trips that I have to lead are not retreats at all. In fact, they are often the times we have more stress and have less time to focus on God. We need to find time for our own spiritual peace and reflection. We need to find a time and place to worship free from the prying eyes and expectations of our own congregation. Just being in the building is not enough; it may be part of the problem, actually. The church is my office. Separating that work energy and focus on Sunday mornings to worship is nearly impossible, especially the 9 months out of the year that immediately before worship and several hours after worship I am back on the clock to run programming. The spiritual health of a spiritual leader is crucial, and we need to recognize what we do professionally just isn’t enough. So instead of lying to ourselves, what can we do? Be deliberate. Be intentional. Go out and spend time with God completely detached from work, event preparation, teaching and sermon writing. Don’t trick yourself into thinking sermon prep or writing a Bible study is also spiritual time for you, too. Worship, prayer and devotion should never really be a “two birds with one stone” sort of thing, anyway.

The truth in these lies is not unknown to us, but sometimes we need to be called out on our half truths and personal hangups. If we can get our mind around these difficult issues, our ministries will be healthier for it, and more importantly we will be healthier for it. Working in ministry is not for the faint of heart, so remember you are doing something great and that it’s okay to admit you struggle with these issues. I do, too, and I’m working on it. John Wesley says we should always be moving onward toward perfection, so let’s look at these hard truths and move onward together.

This article first appeared in the Youth Specialties Blog: https://youthspecialties.com/blog/3-lies-tell-youth-leaders/

Let ’em Speak!

Posted: July 29, 2016 in Uncategorized
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Sometimes we can be overly protective of our pulpit/lecturn/podium/music stand/stack of old shoe boxes and somehow get the idea that we are the only ones who can talk to our youth.  That within itself is an issue, but it is a particular hurdle for this post’s topic – students speaking in front of the group.

Sometimes youth leaders are unsure about letting teens give a testimony or teach in front of the group.  I get it, they are often not great at it.  In fact, when I ask teens if they want to give it a try, that is always their first objection, “I’m not good at talking in front of people or about faith stuff.”  But the only way to get good is practicing, so here we are, talking about teens talking.  We need to be encouraging teens to lead more often.  If you are already doing this, great! Do it more.  If you aren’t yet, great! Read this post and start, and here’s 3 reasons why:

They Need To Learn. As I stated above, teens can be bad at this.  Like really bad.  I’ve seen a teenager throw up in mid testimony before.  Luckily, your teens have someone they know who is a teacher and does this sort of thing all the time (you, bro).  Evangelism comes naturally to some, but is an important skill to all Christians, so helping teens to feel comfortable sharing their faith, their testimony, even teaching lessons to a group is paramount.  Give them the opportunity and the tools to succeed, then help them grow from the experience, rinse and repeat.

Because They Have The Cred. Teens have a built-in tool when it comes to sharing their testimony with other teens: they are actual teens.  They deal with the same things their audience deals with.  They know what’s really going on out there.  Their testimony and sharing can be incredibly powerful to your other students because it is coming from someone who knows where they are.  As talented as a teacher, preacher or leader you are, you don’t have that kind of cred.  If you equip teens to bring the message to other teens, you will be shocked at the success rate they experience and how your ministry begins to grow and bear fruit.

Because They Are Christians. Christians need to be able to share their stories.  Even if they are not a gifted speaker, they need to share how God has shaped and changed their lives.  Moses had a stutter; God uses anyone and everyone to speak to the world.  There are too many adults who don’t know how to share their faith that we have become a culture that is too awkward to save itself.  Christians need to be able to go out and make disciples, I think I read that somewhere once.  Teens learning and honing their skills early will help them to be better at their commission from Jesus.

Remember that you were a teen once, and perhaps you had the opportunity to speak and share your faith.  Maybe that was what helped you discern your call into ministry work.  Or perhaps you were never given the opportunity to speak and share.  Imagine where you would be now if you had been practicing since you were young.  Imagine all the people you could have been ministering to and that could have come to Jesus.  So, my fellow control freaks, it’s time to open the mic and let the students give it a whirl.  Make sure to be there as a support and give them all the tools and advice they will need, but also let them learn to be better through success and difficulty.  God will show you and your ministry such things through the mouths of students, so brace yourself and enjoy the ride!

13729105_917790069857_1396522972779273449_nHandy Dandy Youth Ministry contributor Kellen Roggenbuck’s article “Transforming Parents Into Youth Workers” was recently featured in the Youth Worker Journal, the official magazine partner of Youth Specialties!  If you happen to see a copy, buy it and show it to his Mom or Grandma, they will be so proud!

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As I mentioned in Part 1, movement and activity has countless benefits to your ministry and lessons but can be hard to work in, whether it’s because of space issues, scheduling problems or a particularly inactive, uncoordinated or game-resistant group of teens. I get it. We don’t all have gyms, fields, great weather, unimpeded time to the gyms and fields, and a group of teen warrior poets that want nothing more than to play ultimate frisbee before sitting down and reflecting on the sermon on the mount. So, in case you fall into the majority that has at least one of these shortages, here are 3 ways I’ve used to incorporate movement into my youth ministry time.

Too Few Seats. This is exactly what it sounds like; I like to find a space or create a space with too few chairs in it, which often causes teens to sit on the ground, lean on the walls and otherwise get creative about sitting. Then, I work different group activities into the lesson in which the teens break out into different groups in different spaces, changing how they were seated, where they were seated and with whom they were seated. It may seem manipulate, strange or in some cases cruel, but I am not saying deprive your youth, simply give them options and opportunities to sit, stand and lean differently.

Move Right Along. Plan a progressive lesson that has several deliberate sections. When you arrive at a new section, move to a new room or space. Go outside. Visit the playground. Change the surroundings often so, even though you are doing a lesson the whole time, you are moving. This is a great opportunity to teach about different spaces in your church, too, and discuss their purposes and unique qualities, like the sanctuary or chapel having pews, a chancel and/or an altar and why.

Stand Up, Sit Down. If you are going to ask questions in your group, especially yes/no or polling questions, instead of having them raise their hands, have them stand up or to go to one side of the room or another. This works well and is a very easy addition to your lesson, as you will likely ask the questions in your lesson already. In fact, take the time to build a few more questions or polling into your lesson for this very reason. The movement will keep the brain awake and likely help the youth remember the question in the future.

Movement can be effective even if it’s simple, so there’s no reason you can’t get your teens to be active. It’s ultimately to their benefit as a learner and yours as a teacher. Whether you are teaching them about Jesus, the Bible or how to play Gaga Ball, the activity and movement will help give them the best chance to retain the information and to use it more effectively to bridge concepts later. Get creative and create opportunities to get the blood flowing, and you will definitely see results.

Part 1: Don’t Skip The Game

Posted: August 31, 2015 in Uncategorized

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Many youth groups have a simple formula for their ministry meetings: game + lesson, with the occasional pizza order or lock-in. It’s a centuries old formula dating back to youth ministries out of Mesopotamia in the time before Christ (not even a little bit true). Really, it’s just a formula we use because it’s easy, or it’s what others do, or it’s what we grew up doing. Sometimes, the occasional rogue leader decides to buck the system and drop recreation from the schedule for loftier pursuits – don’t think I am condescending, I had a period that I tried this very thing – but I am here to explain why from an educational standpoint why skipping games at youth group can work against your teaching.

First, the human brain, especially during the developmental years, functions differently when the body has been active. Sitting for longer than 20 minutes causes the brain to change it’s physiology; the glucose and oxygen levels drop, both of which fuel the brain’s ability to function. It’s like the brain begins to fall asleep. This will dramatically effect youth’s language development, problem solving, bridging complex concepts and has been linked to decline in independent learning skills and behavioral issues. So all work and no play actually do make Jack a dull boy.

Second, studies show that upwards of 5% of all learners fall into the kinesthetic learning style as their primary type of learning. A larger percent of youth identify as a kinesthetic secondary learning style learner, which means odds are that 1) math is hard and 2) you probably have at least one student who needs movement to learn properly. These students learn best by moving around and through activity. Simply telling them something or writing it on the white board isn’t enough for them, movement is crucial. These are the students you would identify as fidgety or likely your youth with minor behavioral problems. Playing games before or during a lesson helps them to focus and learn.

Third, breaking up your routine from one long activity to, at the very least, two activities like games and a lesson helps developing brains learn to transition and focus. This has less to do with the spiritual development of your youth and more to do with the physical development of your youth’s brains. By causing the brain to have to shift gears from games with a set of rules and parameters, or perhaps a leadership or team-building exercise that forces creative problem solving, to engaging in a lesson and discussion on a topic, verse or video actually teaches the brain to be quicker in transition. I know that your job description probably doesn’t mention helping your youth build super-brains, but think of it as a perk.

Fourth, especially for your younger teens, it will burn off access energy that would otherwise inhibit their ability to engage fully in a lesson or discussion. I’ve found that with my Jr. High ministries, I HAVE to start with a game if I want focus during my lesson time. Otherwise I find students distracted, fidgeting, talking and throwing/tapping/sliding/kicking things in some sort of instinctual need to be playing a game. So, I begin all of those meetings with a game or activity that can be highly active for the ones who crave the activity, but also less active for those who are less inclined.

Activity has become a staple in youth ministry, and know we know how it important it is – so even when you feel like you should cut it for music time, longer discussions or nap time (all positive things, too, by the way), consider all the benefits of activity to the health of your teens’ brains, the success of your teachings and the overall energy of your youth ministry!

Check back (next post time) for my post about some new and unique ways of incorporating activity into your groups without sacrificing lesson time.

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Handy Dandy Youth Ministry blogger Kellen Roggenbuck will be presenting at the regional Re:Conference on June 27 outside Milwaukee!  He’ll be leading a clinic on modern fundraising called, “Fundraising 101: Ins & Outs of Modern Fundraising”.

The Re:Conference is a networking event in the midwest focused on connecting youth workers with each other and helping to educate and facilitate them through some great clinics and clinicians.  If you have the ability, check out this event!  For more details, check out the facebook page www.Facebook.AMCReCon.  If you enjoy the posts here at Handy Dandy Youth Ministry, networking, youth ministry, Wisconsin or simply don’t have any plans on the 27th, we want to see you there!

For more from Kellen, check out his devotional book Don’t Judge a Savior By His Sandals available from Blurb publishing!