Sep 29
Kent Dobson

The religious world of teenagers is plagued with very unhelpful storylines about the Bible. The Bible appears at first glance to be some kind of moral guidebook. In it, readers learn how God wants them to behave. They also learn what happens to people who don’t obey. This is all very convenient for educators and parents if they want obedient boys and girls who conform to the socially acceptable religious world of adults. If they don’t conform, they are shamed for hurting God’s feelings.  No wonder many young people are ambivalent about the Bible. No...

Sep 22
Bryan Belknap

“The Maze Runner” is yet another film based upon yet another popular dystopian young adult novel that hopes to capture the hearts (and dollars) of your students. On the surface, the story of a group of teen boys living trapped in the center of a gigantic maze doesn’t appear to have much spiritual connection. (If “students trapped in a deadly maze” DOES have a direct correlation to your ministry… please seek help immediately.) This harrowing tale does, in fact, offer some opportunity at meaningful conversations with fans.

First, this group of young men is thrown together with nothing...

Sep 15
Natalie Spronk

If it seems that we are crazy, it is to bring Glory to God. And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit.

- 2 Corinthians 5:13 NLT

 

Today, at 26, I am a South African missionary, currently serving at Kwathu Children’s Home in Livingstone, Zambia. As a young person, however, many people told me that my desire to serve in a foreign country was foolish and irrational to say the least. Here are a few tips for surviving a season of “foolishness.”

1. Cling to scripture. Despite doubt from various...

Sep 08
Sean Nolan

And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.

- Mark 14:22-25

 

The world of education has picked up on a principle that has...

Sep 02
Jonathan Malm

A few years ago, I was a worship leader at a medium-sized church. Most of the musicians who played with me were teenagers, which was great because the teenage talent pool at this church was phenomenal.

My only struggle was when they couldn’t find rides to practice or when they got grounded for having a bad attitude.

One of my newer electric guitarists was coming along nicely. He didn’t quite have the skills of my other bandmates, but I knew most of that would come with age and practice. He had all the potential to be as good as the...

Aug 25
Brock Sund

Even though I have had many hard days, long nights and extended time away from my family, I love the adventure that is known as youth ministry. It has taken me a while to get to the point where I can truly enjoy and see the greatness of this calling. I came into this whole thing with several wrong assumptions.

First, I thought what my students needed most was a buddy. I thought if I could just “be cool” with them then that would give me the street cred that I needed to speak the truths of God into their lives. That...

Aug 20
Erin Moon

This weekend the BBC worldwide obsession, “Doctor Who,” premieres its latest season, complete with a new Doctor, a new TARDIS (did I already lose you?), and new stories about the Time Lord from Gallifrey (oh yeah, that did it, right?). Hip to the vernacular or not, more than likely you’ve got students at home or in your group that are hoping to one day be chosen as companions, and surprisingly, there is ample room to talk about the Gospel when we talk about “Doctor Who.” 

A (...

Aug 18
Jonathan Pearson

Phones, filters and fans.

We're living in a culture that is constantly looking for other people to celebrate them. Think about it...

We often miss the fun of our friends because we're trying to capture the moment.

We forget to talk to the people around us because we're busy checking Snapchat.

We post a picture to Instagram and check every three minutes to see how many likes it's gotten... and who liked it.

That's the world we live in. It's a cut-throat, ego-driven, and often depressing and discouraging world. For those of us that are younger, it's a world...

Aug 06
Dudley Rutherford

It’s that time of year again… no, not back-to-school or football season… I’m talking about "Shark Week" on the Discovery Channel! If you’re brave enough, or crazy enough, to watch this weeklong series dedicated solely to sharks, you’ll learn about many different species of sharks with the help of some amazing (albeit frightening) underwater footage. You’ll also hear tale after tale of people getting attacked by sharks – all while being assured that sharks don’t mean to harm humans. It never fails that some segment will show a man or a woman in an underwater cage getting up close...

Aug 04
Josh Waugh

Do you ever get the feeling you’re doing everything right in student ministry but consistently getting the wrong outcome?

What do you do when you pour your heart into your students but rarely see any change? What happens when you pray for spiritual and numerical growth but it never comes?

Hour upon hour. Day after day. Each week ending on your knees in frustration asking God if you’ve done anything wrong. Anything that might be holding you and your ministry back from His best.

For me personally, I felt like I preached with a passion, created the best fall retreat ever...