In this episode of the Radio-Podcast, A GREATER STORY, Sam Collier is interviewed with Reach Records Recording Artist, Tedashii, about his latest book: FIND YOUR VOICE! They are interviewed by Ashley Bohinc (Orange) and Dave Adamson (North Point Ministries). This episode is sponsored by and presented with the “Think Orange Podcast”.Read More
If you’ve spent any time in youth ministry over the last decade (if you’re reading this, chances are you have!), then you don’t need us to tell you that bullying is a hard-to-handle hot topic in the lives of most students. You’ve probably dealt with your fair share of it in your own ministry context. And even if you haven’t yet, a quick Google search or scan of the news will show you just how much bullying is impacting the lives of middle schoolers around the country. It’s a trending topic in their world, and because of that, it’s something we want to talk about in an environment that’s safe and healthy for students—an environment like our youth ministries.
When addressing the topic of bullying in your youth ministry, here are just a few things to keep in mind:Read More
The story of Gen Z is one currently being written—one that will continue to morph as they continue to grow up. We can’t predict their defining moments or the key cultural and historical movements that will shape their story, but that doesn’t mean they are unknowable. In fact, maybe our best bet at understanding where Generation Z is going is to take a glance at where they come from.
After all, the characteristics that define a generation tends to be a reaction to, not a reflection of, the generation that came before them. If this is true, then it’s safe to assume that Gen Z is a product of their Gen X and Millennial parents.
So what does that mean for Gen Z?Read More
Have you ever been in front of a room full of middle schoolers and wanted to throw something at them? Have you ever felt like they make it simply impossible for you to teach?
If you have, then you’re not alone. Because there’s something about being in a room full of middle schoolers that leaves you wondering, “Are they even capable of listening?”
The truth is a room full of middle school students requires a lot more room management. While you can let middle schoolers in a Small Group setting have a little more freedom, middle schoolers in a large group space need a lot more structure in order to avoid total and complete chaos.Read More
Have you ever walked into a room full of middle schoolers, and they just stared at you?
Or avoided eye contact?
Or pretended not to notice that you walked into the room?
Or immediately looked down at their phone?
Or started whispering?
Have you ever tried to talk to a group of middle schoolers that you didn’t know very well?
You asked a question, and nobody wanted to be the first one to answer.
And if they did answer, it’s with only one word.Read More
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 be too picky about who you choose to lead your students.
Or can you?
At a conference this past year, I was asked this question: “What are the qualities and characteristics you look for in a middle school Small Group Leader versus a high school Small Group Leader?”Read More
When you really understand the way a middle schooler thinks, relates, processes, and connects, it changes the way you are able to reach them. It shapes every decision you make about your programming and the people you invite into it.
When you really understand middle schoolers, you will better be able to relate to and reach them where they are right now.
Here are some resources I suggest you start with:Read More
If you have worked with middle schoolers for more than a week, I would bet my bank account that after you tell people what you do and who you serve, they look at you and say, “Oh bless your heart. I’m sorry. That’s a hard job that I’d never want.”
Early in my career of middle school ministry, I would just respond with a simple, “Oh yeah, thanks.” But over the years I have learned to respond differently.Read More
In this episode I had the chance to chat with the one and only, Justin Knowles, about what volunteers really want from you as a leader. There are many times in which try and do all these random things to get our leaders on track or to make sure they are taken care of, but in this episode of the Youth Ministry Hacks Podcast, we talk about what they really desire.Read More