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A Snapshot of Youth and Awakening*

The story of awakening cannot be told apart from the role of youth. The first of a series of revival movements in the course of Jonathan Edwards’ Northampton ministry was the Valley Revival of 1734-35. Edwards referred to the role of the youth in its origin: “At the latter end of the year 1733, there appeared a very unusual flexibleness, …

Three Key Relationships for Youth Ministers

Almost two years ago I took up triathlon training in an effort to get in shape. I’ve finished two triathlons over the past year. (Notice my word, finished. Finishing is winning for me.) I’ve learned several things over the course of this journey: early morning swims are difficult, bicyclist safety is not a priority of most drivers, and there is …

Missions and Multigenerational Ministry

I just returned from a student mission trip. One stop on the way was to stay a night at the church where I grew up.  As I was pondering about the rich past of the church, and I began to ponder on how we pass our faith from one generation to the next. One way our student ministry engaged multiple …

Increase Participation – Increase Commitment

Over the last ten years of ministry, I’ve found myself repeatedly seeing proof that if we increase the meaningful participation of our people, the likelihood is high that their commitment to local church engagement and the mission of God will increase proportionately. People tend to have a strong desire to belong, and giving them a chance to truly participate fosters …

Equipping NextGen Parents

One of the things I have always been passionate about in Next Generation Ministry is equipping parents to be the primary disciple maker for their children. Walt Muller says, “When we fail to see and answer the influence culture has on our kids, we forfeit the influence we should be having on our kids.”1 As a next generation staff we …

Movies, Plotlines, & the Gospel

Think about your favorite movie. Or just think about a recent movie you really enjoyed. Why did you love it? Do you ever think about how movies can help students share Christ? I love helping students have conversations with friends about Christ, not by dumping the gospel on them like an ice bucket challenge, but by starting with a normal …

Ministerial DNA

Do you every think much about your DNA? Obviously, it is something that is always with you and unique to you, never changing. What about your ministerial DNA? This is language I use a lot with friends and also the various teams I lead and interact with. It is extremely important to know what makes up your organization, ministry or …

Commitment & Student Ministry

For the last couple of months, churches and youth ministers have told me their kids are less committed to church activities and functions than they used to be. Some of this might simply be due to a change in what it means to be “committed” to a local church today, which might look different than what it did 10 years …