Category Archives: Youth Ministry Programming

These guys stuck out

I speak at about 25 events a year. And in a world where most Christian events contain two elements—a band, and a speaker—I hear A LOT of worship bands. Last weekend I heard a band that really stuck out. Let … Continue reading

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The Naked Truth

Tonight I speak to a few hundred middle school kids about sex at an event at a church near Chicago called The Naked Truth. I’m really proud of this church for addressing this subject so candidly with families, a subject … Continue reading

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Guys, Girls… and Zombies

I’m still scratching my head a little bit about this The Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide for Teenagers we put on the shelves just two month ago. It was difficult to get a Christian publisher to print anything with the word … Continue reading

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The Gospel According to The Walking Dead

Last week after watching the record-breaking premiere of The Walking Dead, I once again was captivated by the series’ ability to provoke discussion. The series has an amazing ability to stir people to talk about what they just saw. That’s … Continue reading

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Top 10 Zombie Apocalypse Survival Activities

The Walking Dead premiere broke all the records Sunday night, with 16.1 million total viewers, 10.4 million of those in the 18-49 demographic. That makes “Dead” the most-watched show in the demo on any channel, broadcast or cable, this fall, … Continue reading

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The Kids Outside the Gates

Here’s a puzzle to solve. No, it’s not a riddle or a mind bender. It’s a true ministry dilemma sure to spark discussion among people with a passion for ministry  (Which is the exact type of ‘case study’ I liked … Continue reading

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iPhone Scavenger Hunt

My daughter Ashley wanted to do something a little different for her 16th birthday party with her friends, so I reached into my old youth ministry toolkit (TheSource4YM.com) and planned something just a little different than the same ol’ same … Continue reading

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Boring Them to Death

“Long boring sermons just don’t work.” It was the one common denominator on almost everyone’s paper. I just spent two weeks speaking to young people and training youth workers in Uganda… and their kids are just like ours. The training … Continue reading

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Discipling Teenagers

In the nineties youth ministry was so focused on ‘effective outreach,’ often ‘effective spiritual growth’ was moved to the back burner. This went on for about a decade, until the church had to begin doing triage with kids who had … Continue reading

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Advice to Small Group Leaders

Last weekend I had a great time with Doug Fields, Mark Matlock and Megan Hutchinson training 700 youth workers at YSPalooza in Chicago! One of the sessions I taught was “How to Lead a Small Group without Losing Your Mind.” … Continue reading

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