Building a Young Adult Ministry 2 – A Church within a Church

Building a Young Adult Ministry 2 – A Church within a Church

Two and a half years ago we shifted our young adult ministry strategy to one more like church planting, a “church within a church.” After using a more “integrative approach” for 8 years, I realized that we just weren’t reaching our potential. I did a little local research and found that there are over 5000 young adults […]

NextGen Ninja: The Master Communicator Rule #1 – Be Prepared

NextGen Ninja: The Master Communicator Rule #1 – Be Prepared

YEARLY OR QUARTERLY Prior to each year, take time with your team (your staff and/or your most trusted key volunteers) to map out your teaching schedule for the year. If this is a new discipline for you, perhaps you should start out by quarter or semester. For more on how to do this, read A Student-Centered Process […]

NextGen Ninja – The Master Communicator

NextGen Ninja – The Master Communicator

Welcome young padawan ninja. With much practice and discipline, you, too, can become a Master Communicator. Time out. Before I go any further, I’m definitely not presuming to be a master communicator! It’s just really fun to use the ninja lingo. The truth is, I still have a lot to learn about being a good […]

The Secret Sauce for Speaking to Students

This is being posted on a Wednesday. Hopefully most of you have already planned your message/lesson for tonight. But, if you’re looking for some last minute magic…here ya go. This is, by far, the best format I’ve used for delivering my messages to students. It’s the ages old Hook, Book, Look, Took. Hook Option 1 (my […]

7 Reasons Why I Don’t Do All the Teaching

7 Reasons Why I Don’t Do All the Teaching

7. Some people are better at teaching than me. 6. I need a break from the rigor of teaching so often. 5. Kids need a little variety in the voices they hear. 4. Kids need to hear the same truths from other people’s perspectives and experiences. 3. I need the space in my schedule to […]

If Nothing Else … Grace, Identity, Mission

Our annual Senior Banquet is coming up soon. It’s a milestone…a rite of passage. We invite graduating seniors and their immediate families to a nice dinner free of charge. We celebrate their stories, their successes, and their promise-filled futures. We laugh together. We cry together. We pray together. This year, for their gift, we’re creating […]

Preaching to Youth (Part 3): Creative Use of Stories from Your Own Life as a Teenager

I love using stories in my messages. I usually “hook” them (I use the Hook-Book-Look-Took method) with a personal story from my own life…preferably one from when I was a teenager. I prefer my own stories and not stories and illustrations from books or websites because they allow me to do two things. First, it […]

Preaching to Youth (Part 2): Keep it Positive

The black eye gave it away. There’s no hiding it from mom when you’re 10. Wearing sunglasses is a habit I won’t have developed for another five or six years. So it was pretty obvious to mom that, once again, I got into another fight. It wasn’t my fault. It usually wasn’t my fault. I’m […]

Preaching to Youth (Part 1): Keep Preaching

Yes… …we all know that kids learn & grow effectively in a variety of ways. They learn by doing & practicing. They grow through extended and stretching experiences. They learn through discussion. They learn visually through the arts. They grow by exercising logic and reason. There are a million ways that kids (and adults) grow […]