Signs of Life

Today I had the great opportunity to see my child for the first time. My wife, Stephanie, is 8 weeks pregnant and we had our second doctors appointment today. It was absolutely incredible. I can not say we were as Rachel in Genesis 30 or like many of our close...

Tweenagers

Today I have spent some time recording some information I know about my students. I am recording more then just information such as address, email address, and school. I am logging information about what sports they like, what subjects they are most likely to bring up, and anything else I can to...

Reveal don’t Create

Tonight I tried something new. Definitely something that wasn’t new to Christianity or new to preachers, just new to me.Tonight instead of trying to making sure my exciting, entertaining youth program had an adequate amount of Bible so I knew I wasn’t wasting my time or theirs. I tried my very best...

“Short Yard Specialist”

This afternoon I watched some of the Georgia/ Florida football. I say I watched some of it because our Senior/Lead Pastor reads this blog on occasion and I don’t want to admit I have watched every minute of it!  I heard a term that I believe I have never heard...

Preach “all the counsel of God”.. that includes us!

Every Friday I have the great opportunity of participating in a class in the Our Generation Training Center, the missionary training department of our church. Today we came to a discussion about preaching the “full counsel of God”. It is apparent from reading Criswell’s sermons and books that he had...

Law of First “Instance”

Even though I have not been a youth pastor very long I already have a long list of regrets. One is that I did not maximize the “Law of First ‘Instance’” Meaning that I started many things poorly and they still suffer from it today. A couple of examples that...

Fish grow according to their tank.. do you?

Two days ago I received a 8 inch oscar for my 40 gallon tank. I love it. However, my wife feels like the fish is to big for the tank. Which in someways may be true. The fish would have never grown to that size in that tank. He was...

Youth Pastor.. don’t let them put us in a box!

During short vacation last February I was flipping through the tv and saw a cartoon called King of the Hill was talking about church youth groups. It was called “Reborn to be Wild” and was nominated for an award by The Writers Guild of America. Which is amazing how Christians...

“Show and Tell”

 On Wednesday I have the opportunity to go to South Forsth High School and talk about South America. Last night, Zach the history teacher from the school was at our home. I was running around showing him all kind of cool souvenirs I have picked up during my travel. This...

FOCUS: #1 What do we know about God?

What do we know about God? Nothing affects you view of life and the afterlife then your view of God. With a proper view of who God is and what He has done will allow you to see yourself for who you are and what you can do in this...

Invest don’t Spend

As a student in a missions training program in South America I heard one statement that has had a great influence on the style of ministry I have and desire to have. I was told by W. Austin Gardner, Pastor of Vision Baptist Church, that I should “invest time into...

Too Much E-Reliance?

Too Much E-Reliance? The Dangers of eMail in Youth Ministry by Kent Clayton with Youth Specialties The plans were set. The food was purchased. The reservations had been made. This was going to be one of the coolest events of the year! Though I normally call all volunteers and many...

Halo 3

Halo 3 From the New York Times: First the percussive sounds of sniper fire and the thrill of the kill. Then the gospel of peace. Some churches have rented more TVs for Halo nights. Across the country, hundreds of ministers and pastors desperate to reach young congregants have drawn concern...

How to build community among teenagers

What is Community? Often it is easier to define what something is by considering what it isn’t. So community in your youth group would not include: Cliques and small ‘in-groups’. Teasing others because they are different. Kids that won’t sit with other kids that go to a different high school...

What is a friend?

Text: Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Discussion: How do you decide who is a friend? Solomon, the wisest man to ever live, teaches us the value of friendship and how it is not optional for a happy and full life.  Ecclesiastes 4:9-12  Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their...

“THE WORLD’S LONGEST RUNNING FIGHT”

Pro 24:9  The _______ of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men. Summarize 2Co 10:3-5    The Flesh (the reigning champion) The flesh fights to take control of the mind because it must be satisfied. It fights to win authority over your mind in order to preserve itself...

Famous Quote Unscramble Challenge

Taken from Source4ym Pick 1 student from each side of the room to compete against one another.  The students in the audience will be given sheets of paper beforehand; and each sheet will have a word printed on it.  At the beginning of the game, the audience holds their papers face down....

How To Make Youth Group Visitors Feel Welcomed

Taken from Kevin Twombly’s blog   Over the past few years we have seen over 100 new youth walk through our doors.  We have made plenty of mistakes when it comes to greeting and welcoming them.  We have learned many things over the years… Bringing first timers up onto the...
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