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.
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...read more
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...read more
Can I be honest for a minute? I often feel like I am driving the struggle bus on Struggle Street when it comes to being a good small group leader. I feel like if students don’t show up, it’s because of me. If they don’t respond to texts, it’s because they don’t like...read more
Every youth group plays games. Whether you have a group of 10 or 210, there’s a good chance that games are a staple part of your large group program. Sometimes you will play stage games, and other times, you will play games that involve everyone in the room. It is...read more
"God made me," our two year old daughter declared the other day. She was beginning a dialogue between the two of us, as she sat on the toilet, and I patiently waited across from her, perched on a foot stool. After all, when you have toddlers, you meet them where they...read more