Programming with a Purpose

Programming with a Purpose

What message is your programming sending? Just yesterday, our student ministries team was talking philosophy for an upcoming event. We’re essentially rebuilding this event from the ground up. With that, comes a long conversation about philosophy. In student ministry...
When You’re Jr. High Job is On the Line

When You’re Jr. High Job is On the Line

It begins with a wiggle in your gut. You’re not sure why but something’s different. You’ve been on staff for awhile and the climate around your job isn’t as “sunny skies” as it used to be. You walk into a room, people stop talking, and you get the sense you were the...
Making Intentional Changes

Making Intentional Changes

It was two years into my first student ministry position when it became evident, I had a problem. My students–especially my leaders–had negative, critical attitudes toward just about everything the church did. It seemed that any sermon, event, or activity the church...
Countdown to a Checkup

Countdown to a Checkup

Every December 31st as the clock counts down to midnight, upwards of 2 million people pack into New York City’s Time Square; huddling together in the cold eagerly awaiting the 60 second drop of the Waterford Crystal ball atop One Times Square. For the millions of us...