My 8-year old is playing basketball in two different leagues this season. No, it’s not because he’s a phenom and needs the work. It’s because my wife and I didn’t communicate well enough and we each signed him up for a different league. But we’re basketball people, so we love that he gets the extra […]
Every small group leader has moments where the conversation comes to a screeching halt. The factors involved are many. Here is a short list I have continually seen over the years. In our last post we discussed the first of our three ways to group unstuck, get visual. Go check it out if you haven’t […]
Every small group leader has moments where the conversation comes to a screeching halt. The factors involved are many. Here is a short list I have continually seen over the years. Tired and hungry Quiet kids are a dominant number of the group. Fear of saying the wrong thing or answering incorrectly. Not understanding the […]
First off, I’d love to give a shoutout to all the enneagram 9’s out there reading this post. Second off, I’d love to tell you how much I relate with you in the work that we do in caring for people. Technically speaking, I am a 9w8, but most often than not I am a […]
I wish I had a call-in show after youth group on Wednesday nights. After everyone is gone, weary and tired I still have this crazy desire to just talk about it. I want to break down the program, celebrating the new things we tried, the successful timing, and the moments that worked. I want to […]
Does God want us to be happy? I am watching a video that my mom sent me of my son when he was a baby. She is hitting the ground, and he is just laughing up a storm. He is giggling and smiling, and it just filled my heart with Joy. This got me thinking […]
Like most of the youth ministry universe, our church has rocked many different online versions of our programs. YouTube original content with live chat to offering groups through massive zoom meetings is among those offerings. This bumpy ride has led to innovations, failures, and complete fatigue from doing so much digital both at work, in […]
I’ve watched our senior pastor handle a lot of tasks that one would expect of a senior pastor: preaching, teaching, counseling, fundraising, grief care, church leadership, etc. But I remember one particular job he did that threw me for a loop. Soon after I arrived, I was working in our youth area when he came […]
According to a recent Barna study, half of 18-year-olds in the U.S. report feeling anxiety and fear of failure1 and about 40% said they often felt sad or depressed, while slightly fewer young people said they felt lonely and isolated from others (34%)2. The church in America is undoubtedly doing better engaging the ever-growing anxiety […]
It is very easy to turn on the news or social media and find terror and fear. I feel like negative emotions are so easy to gravitate towards that they can sometimes become our default. When I wake up, I must remind self to be patient, or caring, but I never have to remind myself […]
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