We have all felt so much turmoil this week, and much of it is due to the American presidential election. Should you broach the subject with your youth? Pierce Drake shares some thoughts.
The one thing that never changes is how much we hate change. It really freaks people out! Betsy Marvin discusses the right time and right way to institute change.
Every month or two there is another hot-button issue developing in the world. Students will be very disappointed if you never address the issue at all, but addressing these off the cuff can be disastrous in many ways, including students’ future spiritual well-being and your own job security. So what do you do?
The problem is that a Wesleyan without sanctification is like a ship without a rudder. It is at the heart of how John Wesley understood the life of faith, and the piece of our tradition that has the most potential for transformation in the next generation. Understanding it is very important.
In the old Frankenstein movies, even after the creature was completely assembled by Dr. Frankenstein it needed a jolt of energy from a lightning bolt captured from the storm raging outside. Here are three of my top lightning bolts that every youth ministry should be passing on to our students.
What exactly is holiness? Betsy Marvin shares that it is a continuous process that extends throughout all seasons.
Sometimes it is our youth parents. Sometimes it might be students. It could even be your small group leaders, teachers or volunteer leaders. But there will always be those who don’t agree with what you’re doing. When we get caught up in pleasing those who aren’t happy, we often lose sight of the vision God planted in our hearts to begin with.
When it isn't about me, when it is about what them, how do you ask a volunteer leader to step away? As hard as it is, firing volunteers who are not working with you will pay long-term dividends that far outweigh the difficulty of letting them go.
Fundraisers are often seen as one of a few necessary evils in youth ministry, a conflict of interests, if you will. The conflict is simply this: funds are necessary to do the ministry we are called to do, but the raising of these funds feels uncomfortable at best, oppressive at worst. However you may quickly discover that people want to give.
Small group discussion time can be a great way for staff and volunteers to build strong relationships with students and the perfect place to foster accountability and mentor-type relationships, but it can also be quite difficult. Here are a few keys that help make leading a small group discussion a little less challenging.