Capture Your Main Point In A Bottom Line

Capture Your Main Point In A Bottom Line

A bottom line is one sentence that captures the main point of your talk in a catchy, memorable, sticky, repeatable, and tweetable way. For example: Light of the world: Church is not just about getting something; it’s about being something. Friends and walking with the wise: As they go, you go. Your story and surrendering to God’s plan: You’ll never understand your story until you wake up to the one you’re already in. Write one sentence that captures your one thing—the main point you want... Read More
My Personal Youth Ministry Soapbox: Sending Your Leaders To Camp

My Personal Youth Ministry Soapbox: Sending Your Leaders To Camp

I get asked a lot of questions about student ministry, but there is one in particular that always confuses me. Every now and then someone will ask me this: “Do you require Small Group Leaders to go to camp with your students?” I try not to look at them funny when they ask because to me, camps are just as much for Small Group Leaders as they are for students. In fact, the main reason that we even do camps is to create opportunities for Small Group Leaders to spend extended time with their... Read More
Being the Worst Best Volunteer Leader

Being the Worst Best Volunteer Leader

Does this Wednesday night sound familiar to you? I get home after leading small group around 10:45pm.  I kick off my shoes.  My brain glitches, and my thoughts begin to spin. I drift between Netflix and randomly scrolling Instagram pictures of other people’s pets. Then, in the middle of decompressing, my phone screen lights up. My thoughts? Shoot, I was just getting to the good pug pictures. I haven’t slowed down all day. In the name of Chick-fil-A sauce, I refuse to look at my phone right... Read More
Five Tips for Talking to Middle Schoolers about Sex

Five Tips for Talking to Middle Schoolers about Sex

Let’s be real. The “sex talk” you may or may not have received when you were in middle school is a far cry from the conversations middle schoolers are having about sex these days. We live in a very over-sexualized culture, and that means students are exposed to sexual images and language at a much younger age than ever before. What hasn’t changed? A middle schooler’s squirrely response to talking about this topic. They may act like they dread it, but attendance is usually at a season high... Read More
The Three Things You Have To Do in Every Student Talk

The Three Things You Have To Do in Every Student Talk

One of the hardest things about communicating is knowing if you did well when it’s all said and done. You put in the work, deliver the talk, and then walk offstage and think, “Hmmm, I wonder how that went…” How do you know if you did a good job? How do you know if you were effective? How do you know if students walked away hearing what you hoped they would hear? As a student pastor who communicates every week, I know what it’s like to wonder. And I also know what it’s like to fail… a lot! I... Read More