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Activating the Power of Curriculum in Your Small Church

My absolute favorite line in a youth pastor job description is the line that sounds something like . . . “and other duties as assigned.” If you are serving in… Read More

How to Use XP3 Curriculum in a Combined Environment

In student ministry, one of the most important filters that everything can be run through is, “What is most helpful for the faith development of the students I’m working with?”… Read More

Engaging Every Parent Everywhere

We as youth ministry leaders care about the faith and future of the next generation. To properly invest in our students, we know we must engage all parents everywhere. That includes not just the parents in our ministry, but the ones in… Read More

Why Hybrid Ministry is the Future

Let’s all face it: the future of the church is hybrid. But what does that mean? Most churches will say hybrid means offering both an online and an in-person option for watching a weekly message. But if we stop there, our idea… Read More

Don’t Let Busy Distract From What Matters

I’m going to start this blog off with an obvious statement: 2020 has been a rough year for ministry (and most other things). With so many new aspects to doing youth ministry, it’s pretty easy to get stuck focusing on the wrong… Read More

10 Hacks to Engage Teenagers in an Online Worship Experience

Anybody else experiencing a little digital fatigue? From Zoom meetings to online church gatherings to weekly family FaceTimes, the struggle to avoid becoming screen weary is real. But at the same time, TikTok, Snapchat, and YouTube metrics have been on a drastic… Read More

5 Digital Christmas Celebration Ideas

The Christmas season started early for me this year.  I’m writing this well before Thanksgiving, and you’ll already catch me listening to the glory that is Christmas music. I’ve even dropped my top 7 Christmas songs at the end of this post… Read More

Making A Tough Call

Have you ever had a student tell you something that left you wondering what to do next? If not, the day is coming. Lead a student ministry for any length of time and you—or one of your small group leaders—will hear at… Read More

Plan and Lead Your Own Retreat Without Burning Out

If you haven’t realized it already, as a youth leader, you basically have the best resume ever. You’re a professional social media guru, high school or middle school communicator, Tik-Tok-er, teen drama mediator, t-shirt designer, game announcer, herder of teenage sheep, volunteer… Read More