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Let’s Get It Right This Time

Every generation takes a cue from the generation that came before it. The hard truth about racism in any generation is that it doesn’t just happen by accident. It is… Read More

The Biggest Difference Between Recruiting Middle and High School Volunteers

One thing I would guess most youth pastors have in common is that they don’t have enough volunteers. And when you don’t have a ton of volunteers, you can’t really… Read More

Plan and Lead Your Own Retreat Without Burning Out

The word RETREAT means both life-changing weekends for our students and leaders, but also countless behind-the-scenes hours of planning, preparations, and well, a lack of sleep. So how do we… Read More

When to Split Your Middle and High School Ministry

When, why, and how do you split your middle school and high school ministry? Read More

2020-2021 Scope & Cycle Resources

What if you had a 3-year plan for what you teach, when you teach it, and how often you'll repeat timeless truth? Read More

What’s New For Orange Students at Orange Conference 2020?

What’s new for us at #OC20? Lots. Including Orange Students, and this website. Allow me to explain.  Read More

13 Ways to Prevent SGL Burnout In Your Student Ministry

We’ve all had ‘the talk.’ No, not that talk. I’m talking about the one that is prompted by a volunteer catching you on a Sunday and asking if you have… Read More

What the Empty Tomb Means: Using This Easter to Influence a Life of Faithfulness

Holidays like Easter are perfect opportunities to make an impact because they only come once a year--so, there's no chance for overkill in your teaching. Look for practical and meaningful… Read More

Middle Schoolers Challenge Everything: How to Navigate Questions and Doubts About the Easter Story

So, if you have a middle school child, or if you've ever worked with middle schoolers, you know that they're constantly challenging things--whether it's questioning your choice for dinner or… Read More

What Do I Do For Easter This Year?

For the first time in recent history, families won’t be able to get all dressed up and come to church to celebrate Easter with their family and their church family.… Read More

4 Things That Are Better About Digital Ministry

In some ways, this pandemic and quarantine are a heartbreaking new normal, and yet somehow during the week after our first online small group, I couldn’t seem to shake a… Read More

8 Do’s and Don’ts for Interacting with High Schoolers on Social Media

If you want to grow in relationship with your teen, you have to be willing to meet them when, where and how they need you. That includes social media. But… Read More