5 Reasons You Should Bring Your Youth Group to a TEAMeffort Camp
January 29th, 2023
Youth Ministry is exciting and exhausting. The students are energetic, spontaneous, and always up for a good time. As their leader, you try to maximize these qualities by planning cool activities that...  Read More
What Mary’s Pierced Heart Can Teach Moms This Christmas
December 20th, 2022
We hold our babies, swaddle them, sing to them. We study their hands unwrapping their fingers' grip on ours, wondering if they’ll be able to palm a basketball or reach an octave on the piano. We love ...  Read More
When It’s Hard to Go Home for Christmas Break
December 14th, 2022
The last papers are submitted and you wish studying for finals was the biggest stressor in your life.  If only preparing for what awaits you at home at the end of the week was as easy as memorizing th...  Read More
Why the Incarnation is Good News for Teenagers
December 6th, 2022
My teenagers have expressed to me some of the challenges they deal with as they’re growing into adulthood. They are frustrated by all the changes, the emotional exhaustion, the social dynamics, and th...  Read More
Youth Pastors, You are a Gift
November 30th, 2022
We love our local church. We believe God is accomplishing most of his work in the world today through local establishments of the universal church. He ordained a visual reality of the invisible, to be...  Read More
Help Tackle Persecution With Prayer During the World Cup
November 22nd, 2022
Saturday, November 20, 2022, marked the beginning of the twenty-second FIFA World Cup. The eyes of soccer fans everywhere are on Qatar, the first Middle Eastern country to host the historic competitio...  Read More
For Parents Whose Teens Are Breaking Their Hearts
November 16th, 2022
"A wise son makes a father glad, but a foolish son is a grief to his mother." Proverbs 10:1The sobriety of this truth came to bear afresh upon my heart as I studied through Proverbs as a young parent....  Read More
A Prayer for Student Athletes
November 5th, 2022
As I’m writing this, I’m waiting for a text from one of our kids as to whether or not they made it on their school basketball team. I’ll admit, I’m pretty nervous for them and am trying to steady my s...  Read More
Three Books for Youth Mission Trips
October 29th, 2022
In our last post we emphasized that who we are becoming is more important than what we are doing. Going on a youth mission trip involves more than packing the right things and generating excitement ov...  Read More
Who We Are Matters More Than What We Do
October 21st, 2022
In a culture constantly emphasizing experiences and accomplishments, we can’t help but want our teens to have fun and attempt great things, too. At the same time, we hope they will push back against i...  Read More
Going On a Youth Mission Trip 102: Part 2
October 9th, 2022
If the Devil doesn’t succeed in overwhelming you at the beginning of planning your youth mission trip, he’ll ramp up his efforts hoping to have a better chance overwhelming you in the specifics. After...  Read More
Going on a Youth Mission Trip 101: Part 1
September 26th, 2022
As the closest people on earth gathered around him, Jesus, ready to return to his Father, uttered these amazing last words to them:“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore...  Read More
Having a Missional Mindset
April 1st, 2021
You are probably in full swing of the school year by now! Despite it looking different than previous years, having a full, and busy schedule probably hasn’t changed. Having students with needs, diffic...  Read More
3 Things that Shape Me in Ministry
March 1st, 2021
I would have to say there are some things that God has used to shape me in ministry more than other things. Some things I do not care to speak of again, but most things I love to share with others. Ho...  Read More
Ways to Encourage Youth Leadership
February 1st, 2021
When we say creating a leadership culture we do not mean students don’t need you or other adult leaders. A leadership culture simply means students are taking accountability for their involvement in t...  Read More
Starting the Semester Right
January 1st, 2021
Starting the semester can be very intimidating. From managing classes, getting involved, finding the right study group, keeping up with schedules, and making sure you have endless note cards can be ov...  Read More
2 Chronicles 20 Devotional
December 1st, 2020
2 Chronicles 20 jumps in on King Jehoshaphat being approached by messengers and told “A vast army from Edom is marching against you from beyond the Dead Sea. They are already at Hazazon-tamar.” (v. 2)...  Read More
No Job Too Small
November 1st, 2020
I do believe that when you serve another person that there is no job too small. It can be easy to lose sight of this because we can think we have to do something big and important. Be honest; have you...  Read More