They're not friendly enough. There have been far too many times I've walked through the foyer of a church and NOT been greeted or said hello to or helped. First impressions matter.
Who would win if youth ministry held it's own version of The Oscars?
Even in death, Billy Graham shines as an example for all of us to follow.
With all the headlines of Hollywood actors and political leaders falling morally, I'm reminded again and again of the importance of relentlessly guarding my sexual purity.
Barna just released it's new research project on Generation Z and the spiritual prognosis is grim.
There is a lot of confusion in this culture today over gender and sexual identity issues. There is a lot of head scratching in the church, as well.
Do you feel like a hamster when it comes to your ministry?
I believe we are on the brink of what could be the Greatest Awakening in the history of the church. I am convinced God will not let his church leave the scene with a wimper but with a bang!
If I were the devil I'd distract the youth leaders with more and more meetings. I'd get them so involved with well-intentioned youth ministry "stuff" that they didn't have time to actually make and multiply young disciples.
I hear a lot of talk among conservative Christians today about "the radical liberal agenda" that is dominating our culture. This agenda is filled with leftist Democrats, unfair and imbalanced MSNBC reporters and pro-gay Starbucks cups controversies.
I hear a lot of talk among conservative Christians today about "the radical liberal agenda" that is dominating our culture. This agenda is filled with leftist Democrats, unfair and imbalanced MSNBC reporters and pro-gay Starbucks cups controversies. As a matter of fact I'm sick of hearing about it.
There are a lot of youth ministries out there that are not making the eternal impact they could be. Some of the reasons many aren't thriving include avoiding the hard questions and not challenging teens hard enough.
I've been speaking to teenagers for almost three decades now, during a third of that time I was a preaching pastor as well.
We play a lot of defense in youth ministry. We fight against tough opponents like teen suicide, marijuana and opioid addiction, cyber-bullying, sexting and on and on and on the list goes. Teenagers today are up against a long list of enemies and we want to help them win. But it is almost impossible to win the battle for the hearts, minds and souls of the next generation by just playing defense.
I've been speaking to teenagers for almost three decades now, during a third of that time I was a preaching pastor as well. I'm terrible at sports (uncoordinated) and horrific at hobbies (easily distracted) so I've poured everything I have into becoming a better, more impacting communicator.
Nobody is bored during an argument. There's nothing like a good, old fashioned argument to pump adrenalin into a boring meeting and liven things up. And Jesus started them everywhere he went.
I think the Protestants need a reformation today, a "re-reformation" if you will...and so do many of our Gospel presentations.
There is a church planting frenzy in America. It's the thing these days. And speaking as a former church planter I can see why. But there are over 300,000 Protestant churches in America and there are only 35,000 cities and towns. How many more new church plants do we need?
We need risk takers who are williing to leave their paradigms and programs behind and even risk losing their jobs so that more teenagers can be reached for Jesus. The urgency is at an all time high and our collective effectiveness is at an all time low.
how do you help your students process this latest atrocity? How do you help your students find safe harbor in the midst of their understandable sea of anxiety, doubt, fear and questions about the presence of an all-powerful and loving God?
Every great revival has both sizzle and steak. The sizzle is the rally point for the revival, the shock and awe of an event or a moment that captures attention, imaginations and hearts. But sizzle without steak is just a mouth-watering sound that disappoints.
10 Reasons Why Dare 2 Share Live Could Be the Most Unique Event Your Youth Group Will Ever Experience
Dare 2 Share Live is fast approaching. On September 23rd we will, by God's grace, gather 50,000 teenagers in 69 locations across the nation to inspire, equip and unleash them to pray for, care for and share the gospel with the people in their cities and on their social media feeds.
So how does the reality of the impending return of Christ help fuel teenagers spiritually? In the same way it fueled me when I was a teenager. It sparks urgency in them!
They have been overwhelmed with destruction. Please overwhelm them with your presence. Bless the rescuers, those who are braving the high waters with boats and boots to save the trapped. They remind us of your Son who was willing to wade waist deep into the swirling sin of humanity.
Racism was real growing up in North Denver. For my family it was "us" verses "them." And the result was extreme violence, shed blood and intense hatred. But then Jesus came in and changed everything.