Let ’em Speak!

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….

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…

Skit Boxes

  There are a few things I have found to be very helpful to keep on hand for times when the weather doesn’t cooperate, the group size is drastically different than I prepared for, the power goes out or any other form of direction-shifting event occurs.  One such item is a set of skit boxes….

No More Uppers

Several years ago, I learned a lesson.  It’s a valuable lesson, and like most of the good lessons, I sometimes have to re-learn it.  So, in hopes of learning as much as teaching, I will share that lesson with you, so maybe one day you can remind me when I need to hear it. One…

5 Ideas for Graduation Gifts

Okay, so it’s graduation season. Everyone’s looking for the best gift, and the same old suggestions are coming up again and again. So, if you’re looking for something other than a new Bible or a new copy of Oh, The Places You Go by Dr. Seuss, you’ll appreciate the 5 out-of-the-box ideas you can use…

Teaching to Everyone in the Room

After reading an article by Thom Schultz called Why Church Doesn’t Fit Most People, which was a pretty good read, I decided to write an entry about one of the statistics he used.  Thom states that research suggests that only 30% or less of people are Auditory learners, meaning that they way they learn is primarily through…

New Car Wash Smell

Every summer, we strive for new and exciting service projects to help instill a servant’s heart in a group of teens that like keepin’ it fresh, too. One of the services we have such success with is a Police Car Wash. We usually do this as part of our VBS: After Hours, a program we…

New Position Advice Pt. 5

Our final installment of New Position advice is one that I believe more youth ministers should take to heart. Stick Around. Depending on what figures you are looking at, the average youth minister is in their position for approx. 24 months. In my current position, I had a youth graduate last year that had had 5…

New Position Advice Pt. 3

Today we have our 3rd installment of our New Position advice series, and this might seem like a strange piece of advice, since you are just starting, but it’s just as important as our other posts. Build a ministry that can exist without you. Even though you are just stepping into a position, someday you…

New Position Advice Pt. 2

For our second installment of New Position advice, we’ve got another great one: Don’t be afraid to push. Starting off, it can be easy to avoid the tough stuff. We want to build relationships and be the cool youth guy or girl for a while, which is alright. Build your relationships, let the youth get…