It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of college athletics.
At the gooey center of every college team is the coach. The college coach is far more important to the success of the program than at the professional level. For example, he/she sets the tone for everything from recruiting to player development to academic support to nutrician to training to recruiting and, most visibly, to performance on the field. Really good ones are also involved in fundraising, masterminding the press, and scheduling.
Continue reading You’re just getting started
Yesterday I had an opportunity to hear a presentation from Cartel author Len Kageler entitled, “Human Error in Christian Youth Work: A Cross-National Study of Youth Worker Mistakes“.
In other words his research explored the role and source of mistakes in youth ministry.
Continue reading Checklist for Health in Youth Ministry
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Understandably, adults are concerned about the online behavior of teenagers, specifically with social media. When I’m out talking to youth workers and hosting parent workshops I find most adults fall into one of two categories:
Continue reading What IS a big deal online for teenagers?
It’s late April.
It’s a dangerous time for vocational youth workers. Interest & attendance is typically waning a little as the school year winds down. Youth workers, especially younger ones, start feeling as though things aren’t going well because fewer teenagers are coming. Things that worked in October just aren’t working.
Continue reading Equipping to reach the other 90%
On March 15th, we’re releasing a brand new student devotional, The Real Jesus.
We think it’s really, really good. And we think it’s really, really important that your students get to know The Real Jesus.
And since it’s a book we think you’ll want to put in your students hands we want to do something a bit unorthodox: We’re giving it away before it even comes out. Not a sample— the whole deal.
Continue reading Test Drive “The Real Jesus” by Jen Bradbury
We produced this video for The Summit last fall which illustrates my point pretty well:
Continue reading Overcoming Immaturity in Youth Ministry