There are these two teen guys that hang outside of our church. After school hours they bring their skateboards and use our curb as a playscape. The first time I saw them I was on my way to a student’s football game. I was planning on stopping by the church for a moment, but when … Continue reading Basic Needs
During a Sunday morning lesson, I asked a group of teenagers to name one (just one) parable of Jesus. With blank stares they sat in silence, so I had them open their Bibles to the book of Matthew and told them to keep looking through the gospels until they found a parable. "I guess I … Continue reading The Shift
I don’t know about yours, but my Facebook news feed is often flooded with memes quoting the Bible. Most of the time it’s just a singled out verse by itself, with little to no context. “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13) “For I know the plans I have … Continue reading Context
Don’t act their age- When I first ventured into youth work I thought to myself, “Man, I have to impress these kids! I have to show them that I am cool and up to date. To be sure, youth workers should always try their best to stay up to date with the latest teen trends … Continue reading The Don’ts of Youth Ministry
"Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is … Continue reading Moved by Compassion
Every first Sunday of June our church has ‘Celebration Sunday’ it’s a time where we give special recognition to our children’s ministry, enjoy a concert-style service and a cookout. I tend to sit with the teens during these potluck meals, attempting to break the divide between ‘adult tables’ and ‘kid tables’. It’s a little easier … Continue reading Talking at the Picnic Table
I am currently walking our youth group through an investigation of scripture. The question we are asking is 'Why was Jesus who was Jewish, accused of breaking Jewish law (blasphemy) and accused by Jewish leaders (sanhedrin) put to death by crucifixion, a Roman form of execution instead of stoning, the Jewish form of execution? There … Continue reading But Why?