8 Hacks For Managing a Roomful of Teenagers

8 Hacks For Managing a Roomful of Teenagers

Pop quiz for all you student pastors out there! Have you ever stood in front of a roomful of teenagers and felt like you had absolutely no control over what was happening in the room? Have you ever attempted to teach a lesson and walked off stage wondering if the students even heard and processed anything you said? Have you ever tried to engage your student audience in your lesson, but lost complete control of the room in the process? Have you ever just wanted to give up (or at least shout a... Read More
The What & The Why: Finding A Win In Student Worship

The What & The Why: Finding A Win In Student Worship

Imagine you’re a worship leader. Skinny jeans, amazing hair, perfectly picked out accessories, very cool guitar… you get the gist. You spend hours and hours practicing. You show up early on a Sunday to set up. Then, you practice again. You pray. You pray harder. You suit up in your ’14 vintage jean jacket (the one you can’t find in stores anymore). Then finally, you step on stage and put your heart and soul into soaring melodies and furious guitar playing, all coming together in what you think... Read More
How to Help 6th Graders Navigate Drama at School

How to Help 6th Graders Navigate Drama at School

Psst! Did you hear about Emily and Olivia? Oh my gosh they had the biggest fight ever. And Ryan started the whole thing! Everybody’s talking about it! And so goes the story heard round the school. Measly kid stuff . . . unless you’re Emily’s mom, Olivia’s small group leader, or Ryan’s pastor. You lucky few better be all ears and ready for tears. Put any sixth grade class up against the latest hit reality show and you’ve got yourself a real contest. Help middle schoolers tone things down a... Read More
How to Answer High Schoolers’ Biggest Questions with Action

How to Answer High Schoolers’ Biggest Questions with Action

Would you believe that the teen checking their phone during small group or strolling in late to your service has some questions stirring inside? We’re not talking about, “How many people will respond to my latest snap?” kind of questions. We mean big, deep, questions. Questions whose answers can literally change the course of a teen’s life. Problems that demand to be solved, and ultimately will be—either by a teen’s own inner voice, their peers, or maybe even you. Resource: Playing for Keeps... Read More
Teaching Middle Schoolers About God: How to Be More Strategic and Relational

Teaching Middle Schoolers About God: How to Be More Strategic and Relational

Ok, let’s do some math. More than likely, the average six graders who are coming to your church will actually come less than 50 percent of the time. That means they’ll likely spend about 25 hours in your church this year. Of those 25 hours at least 30 percent will be spent: Getting into the room Saying “hi” to friends Playing games Updating social media Saying “bye” to friends So that means they’ll actually experience less than 20 hours of teaching or small group interaction in a given year.... Read More