Where have you failed lately?

I recently read a story of a woman who recalled dinner times when she was younger. Regularly, her dad would ask the kids, “Where have you failed this week?” The question prompted some conversation but more importantly set a tone … Continued

Seven Ways To Help Engage Parents In Your Student Ministry

Trust and partnership are crucial ingredients as we seek to minister to students and their families. Here are seven ideas for helping to make sure you’re on the same page with parents – whether they are actively involved in the … Continued

Health Of Your Church Is Tied To The Health Of Your Groups

The health of your church is directly tied to the health of the groups that make up the church. For example, if the church leadership board is growing in community, earnestly praying during each meeting and moving forward together with … Continued

Getting Students Away Creates Powerful Moments

I’ve known for a long time the importance of getting students away for a retreat, camp or conference. As I listen to testimonies of mature Christian adults, their stories almost always include a place different from their home church (or … Continued

Seven Principles For Clear Writing

If you’re in ministry, you have to write. It’s a huge part of communicating and a great way to share vision and keep people moving forward together. One key to effective writing is to keep it simple. Here’s a list … Continued

Five Important Things Laughter Does

Have you ever heard the laughing song? Here’s a version from George Younce back in the day. In case you don’t click the video link, the basic lyrics to the song are: Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha.  … Continued

Six Crucial Elements of Vision

Vision is really important for ministry leaders. Without vision, people perish as the writer of Proverbs states. One of the primary goals for the leaders of the church is to seek God’s vision and act on it. I’ve been reading … Continued

What Really Keeps Students Involved

I have often asked student ministry leaders to think of someone who had an impact on their lives while they were in high school. If they have two or three names, I asked them to narrow it down to just … Continued

Four Habits Of Healthy People

I recently picked up a book called The Six Eating Habits of Skinny People. The title made me laugh, but then I kept reading it. I don’t always read health books, but I also don’t mind getting good ideas and tips … Continued

The New Two Month Summer

The summer is changing. It’s busier and it’s shorter. This has a ton of implications for student ministry, mission trips, and camps. But it affects everyone. I noticed that Holiday World, one of our Midwest theme parks, is closed every … Continued

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