Be Flexible

Be Flexible

Everything was ready. I had purchased all the pizza possible. The youth room was tidied up. The playlist was set. And most importantly…the games were prepped and ready to go! I looked over my plans for our student ministry New Year’s Eve party with a sense of...
How Do You Define Fun?

How Do You Define Fun?

Have you ever had a conversation with someone about your ministry and kind of felt like there was a sly, back-handed comment in there somewhere? For example, you come back from a week-long youth retreat and the secretary at the front desk says something along the...
Redefine Fun

Redefine Fun

“I don’t want to go back.” Kevin looked at me with fear in his eyes, but mostly with loneliness and concern. Concern that I was going to judge him and make fun of him for still being afraid of the dark. As a 12-year-old on a weekend, host-home-based retreat with his...
8 Hacks to Make your Overnighter Great

8 Hacks to Make your Overnighter Great

I’ve never understood why youth workers hate overnighters, they are my absolute favorite thing! …Sparingly, admittedly. My first day at my current church, 5 years ago, was an overnighter. The relationships that I built that first day with students and leaders...
Bringing it Back, Old School Style

Bringing it Back, Old School Style

Any of us who work with Jr. High students know that they are desperate to grow up. They want to be older, gain more independence, be given more responsibility, and basically be mini adults. We also know, they are nowhere close to being grown. Caught in the middle of...

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