Demonstrate Love Like Somebody's Watching

It’s no secret that kids and students are always watching us. You know it. I know it.  We also know that kids and students model what they see. It’s the whole monkey see monkey do, right?

The idea of watch and learn is useful when you’re intentionally trying to teach a baby how to stack blocks or a teach a sixteen year old how to drive. But it isn’t so convenient when a kid or student learns something they shouldn’t learn.

What I Love About My Child's Small Group Leader

As a parent, there is nothing harder than handing your child over to someone else—especially a complete stranger—but that’s what we do on the first day at a new church or in a new preschool classroom.

It’s really important for me to know who my child is around each week. And that’s what I love about his small group leaders. Barring things like sickness and vacation, they really are there every week.

Following the Leader

We’ve all been there. It’s a Wednesday night. If you’re a volunteer, you may have already put in an 8-10 hour day at your job. If you’re church staff, you’ve probably been at the church all day. Either way, you’re exhausted. The youth pastor tells you about the crazy games that will be happening at youth group tonight. They sound great, but you’re not really needed for that game so you find your spot along the wall with the other SGLs.

After all, the youth pastor has it under control.

Want to know a secret?

I lead a small group of sophomore girls. A few weeks ago, I shared a secret with my co-leader that I’ve never shared with anyone.

A secret that honestly is a little embarrassing.
A secret I wish weren’t true.
Got your attention?

My secret is that when it comes to youth ministry is that. . . I don’t want to show up.

The Art of Letting Go

The Art of Letting Go

Every year, the same thing happens. I get so gosh-darn attached. September arrives faithfully, another school year begins, and on promotion Sunday, I admire my new few. Some are thrilled to finally be the oldest in the room while others secretly wish they could still...

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Emergencies and Moving Them Out

Emergencies and Moving Them Out

On April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, two teens went on a shooting spree , killing 13 people and wounding more than 20 others before turning their guns on themselves and committing suicide. The Columbine shooting was, at the time, the...

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You are here!

You are here!

You know the feeling. It’s the one you get when you’re standing in the middle of a loud space with people hurriedly passing you by on both the left and the right. Obviously, they know where they are going, and just as obviously you don’t. Then you spy it—that beacon...

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God’s Orchestra

God’s Orchestra

When I turned 18, I was given a Bible by one of the leaders of our church youth group. Beautifully bound by genuine leather.  My name engraved on the front.  This leader was someone I looked up to and admired. Someone I trusted. He lived out his relationship with...

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