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.
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.
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.
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.
Well, folks, it finally happened. The day I’ve been dreading is here. I know that what I’m about to say will make 98.68% of you hate me, but I just can’t hold it in any longer. I hate the cold. I hate it. I can’t stand it. I need it like I need a hole in the head. And...read more
Halloween is on the way, and as we all know, this particular holiday is kind of a grab bag of emotions and reactions. Well, it’s also a grab bag of candy and spider rings, but that’s another story. For some of us, Halloween compels us to feel a certain way or react a...read more
When we think of the lead communicators at our church, we often think of the person on the platform in the adult service or the student pastor addressing the crew of high schoolers in the student center. But when was the last time the nursery came to mind when you...read more
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...read more
As we are wrapping up the summer vacation, it’s important to remember that our students become more and more busy as they mentally prepare to return to school for the new year. Rising juniors may have things like impending graduation tests on their mind, and rising...read more