What to Think When the Unthinkable Happens

What to Think When the Unthinkable Happens

I’m writing this on Wednesday—seven days since the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. The loss of life has been unthinkable. I predict every Wednesday for a long time will be tender and delicate, needing extra attention. I’m currently a volunteer youth pastor in Florida. I’m a parent, and I write books and blogs for parents. None of this experience registers when I try to fathom the shock, loss, and grief that have made their home in Parkland this week. I have fewer thoughts,... Read More
3 Ways to Leverage This Year’s Mission Trip to Make Next Year’s Even Better

3 Ways to Leverage This Year’s Mission Trip to Make Next Year’s Even Better

If you read Part 1 of this two-part list last week, you have already completed (or are on your way to checking off) the first three items on your post mission trip to-do list: A Parent Resource The Follow-Up Surveys  Space for Students to Share  #HighFive !! Read Part 1: Your (Post) Mission Trip To Do List Now, let’s talk about three things you can do to ensure next year’s mission trips go even more smoothly than this past summer’s. No, we can’t guarantee there won’t be sickness—viral,... Read More
Your (Post) Mission Trip To Do List

Your (Post) Mission Trip To Do List

Okay, okay. I know what you’re thinking. Wait. Mission trip to do list? This would have been great to have in May. While it’s true this year’s mission trip season is in the rearview mirror, I’m here to tell you (beg you, implore you) there are just a few more things to do in order to make this year’s trips leave a lasting impression as well as prepare for even better mission trip experiences next summer. In fact, the most important mission work you do is, arguably, right now, right here, from... Read More
Freeze Frame: A Free Game with Slides from XP3

Freeze Frame: A Free Game with Slides from XP3

You know what you’ve never heard a student pastor say? “I don’t need any more game ideas!” That’s why every week of XP3 curriculum comes with a unique game for your weekly student environments. And every now and then, we like to give one of those games away. This week we’re sharing a new XP3 game from our Summer 2017 XP3HS series If / Then. The game is called Freeze Frame. This is a very simple game that works for student ministries of all sizes. And there are no... Read More
13 Ways to Prevent SGL Burnout In Your Student Ministry

13 Ways to Prevent SGL Burnout In Your Student Ministry

We’ve all had ‘the talk.’ No, not that talk. I’m talking about the one that is prompted by a volunteer catching you on a Sunday and asking if you have time to chat this week. You say yes, but you don’t want to because you know what they want to talk about: They’re done. Sometimes volunteers stop serving for valid, unavoidable reasons, like moving away. Often, the reasons are circumstantial: busy season of life, trouble balancing their schedule, overwhelmed by the amount of time that the role... Read More