Contributor Featured in Journal

Handy 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!

Part 2: 3 New Ways to Incorporate Movement into Your Ministry Time

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…

Part 1: Don’t Skip The Game

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,…

Handy Dandy at the Re:Conference

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…

Wrapping Paper Fashion Show

I know it’s March 27, which of course means you are thinking, “I better figure out what we’re doing for our Christmas Party!”  I get it, it’s just around the corner.  With all of the holiday shopping, who has the time these days?  Well, since you asked (not really) we are answering. For a group…

Depth Finder

It’s been a while since my last post, so I wanted to get something up and recently I had some experiences that pointed me to the perfect topic: depth.  Specifically, I had a series of conversations with youth workers about their ability to connect with their youth on an emotional level.  For one, they struggled…

Looking For A Guest Blogger?

Youth Ministry is a group sport.  Too often we think of ourselves as on our own teams, coaching and recruiting a winning lineup to, what, compete against other ministries?  It seems silly when you put it like that, but in a lot of ways, that’s EXACTLY what we do.  We stack numbers against each other’s…

Rarely Asked Questions

  It seems like every website I visit has a “FAQ” tab or page exploring the Frequently Asked Questions.  These are helpful, because they identify the questions most people ask and provide an answer proactively.  But, that’s usually all that is provided, and there is a fundamental breakdown in that logic, so today I am…

New Devotional Book For Sale!

Do you enjoy this blog?  Are you looking for a new, cool devotional to use yourself or with your teens?  Are you used to rhetorical questions like these, or should I list more? Don’t Judge a Savior By His Sandals is a month-long devotional book designed for all ages but targeted to teens so that…

Shaving Cream Balloons

Okay, so we’ve discussed how to fill balloons with mud or paint or soup, which is a lot of fun and useful for tossing games, fights, etc., but there are some other applications that could use some other fun balloon fillings.  One such filling is shaving cream.  It’s messy and amazing. The toughest part of…