We all have a routine. We also all have a routine in our services and small groups, and this is okay. I think there is a healthiness in routine in our groups. Our teenager's worlds are constantly changing. Their bodies are changing, they are changing in mental development, and the world around them is changing. So having a consistant routine in our groups is a great thing because they can count on it. I think it is healthy.Read More
Poll question of the week - how often do you have volunteer training meetings? We've been thrilled hearing reports (and seeing Instagrams) of youth workers using DYM's video training for volunteers, and it made us wonder how often you're getting together. Vote now!
Maybe it's just me, but I'm pretty sure we have all had some cynics of the ministries we run. They are not the elders, deacons, or even the parents but they are the ones in whom we are serving. They are the students who have been around and think they know all of the "ins" and "outs" of ministries. They say things like, "I feel like I'm not getting fed here." Or "I do not bring my friends because it's not as deep as it should be with all the games." Or "I just rather listen to Judah Smith because I actually feel something." My first response is always, "Well what makes you think church is about you?"Read More
Whether we realize it or not, most of us have a gender bias. I'm not talking about a theological view point on whether or not women should lead or speak or something like that, but about very practical issues which we think are limited to one gender. Let me give you three examples from youth ministry.Read More
A few weeks ago while I was at a gathering of several hundred people, I could sense many insecurities in the room. The insecurities of these well-established, respectable men and women came to the light in the large crowd and it made me think of how broken and torn the world is. We look to the world for approval when we should be looking to God for His.Read More