Category Archives: Youth Ministry Programming

Growing After Graduation

Remember all that hype about the 5%? I think I heard it like this. “Do you know that only 5% of Christian students actually keep their faith when they graduate from high school?” Really? 5%? Someone said it once, printed … Continue reading

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Developing Student Leaders

This week I received a great question in the form of a tweet, one I’ve been asked repeatedly about mentoring young people. Youth pastor Brandon asked me about developing today’s student leaders. He finished reading my book, Ministry By Teenagers, … Continue reading

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What youth ministry should look like

I walked into the small church Fellowship Hall in Richmond, VA and it was busting at the seams. 300-plus teenagers and about 70 leaders—better than a 1-to-5 ratio of adult to teen. Don’t be intimidated by the numbers… be challenged … Continue reading

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Conversations about Sex

They’re here! I’ve never experienced so much anticipation for one of my books–two of my books actually–probably because they’re candidly addressing the truth about a subject usually kept hush-hush. I’m talking about my two brand new books about sex (both … Continue reading

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Quiz for the Super Bowl

It’s almost Super Bowl time… and that means our annual BIG GAME Quiz! For those of you have been following TheSource4YM.com for the past few years, you probably look forward to the fun little free resource we provide every year … Continue reading

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No-Prep Games

As a youth worker, I always like to have two games “in my pocket” at any given time. You never know when you need one. Even if you are NOT in youth ministry, you never know when you might need … Continue reading

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What are your top three?

WINNERS POSTED- see below. A few weeks ago I was sitting with a group of youth workers and one of them asked me, “What are the top three youth ministry books you’d recommend we read, if we could only buy … Continue reading

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Zombie Senior Retreat

I’ve been speaking at camps for almost 20 years, and I gotta admit… this is a first! I received a call this summer from a camp director of a big camp in TX and he told me, “I’d like you … Continue reading

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Epic Games

You see, in the last 5 days I’ve been called upon twice by Ashley, my 16-year-old daughter, to provide her with a failsafe game. The pressure was on! Dad, don’t let me down! So here’s the two foolproof games I … Continue reading

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Moving from YOU SHOULD to SHOULD YOU?

I’m working on a brand new Parenting Help article that will be featured on the front page of TheSource4Parents.com next week. I thought I’d give you, my blog subscribers, a first peek at it and throw me some feedback. Which … Continue reading

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