Recent Articlesby Jonathan McKee Posted in High SchoolProgrammingTraining
If you want to train your teenagers without the expense of hiring professional trainers, you can easily do effective training yourself by using regularly scheduled student leadership meetings.
by Terry Linhart Posted in ArticlesTraining
This Friday across America, most communities will be hosting a high school football game and a significant portion of the youth in that community will be in attendance. But how many youth workers will be there? Before school a group of students will stand next to cars near the high…Read More
by Jonathan McKee Posted in TrainingYouth Worker Development
Summer was fun, but the season is coming to a close and a new school year is on the horizon. The new school year brings obligatory tasks and responsibilities. Teachers start prepping their classrooms, and youth ministry leaders begin… uh… What should youth ministry leaders begin doing?
by Jonathan McKee Posted in ArticlesTraining
Youth ministry leaders are always looking for venues where their adult leaders can connect with young people—it’s a foundational summer priority in youth ministry. But what are some of the best arenas where teenagers actually open up and talk during the summer? And what are some tools we can give our adult leaders to seek out these times?
by Jonathan McKee Posted in ArticlesProgramming
After all, everything I do in ministry falls under one of two categories: Outreach or Discipleship. I’m either reaching out to those who don’t know Jesus, or I’m helping believers get to know him better. The question is…how can I use summer vacation to achieve these goals in my ministry to teenagers?
by Jonathan McKee Posted in ArticlesProgrammingYouth Worker Development
In the last few weeks I’ve had countless conversations with youth workers about sharing our faith in day-to-day real conversations, especially now that my new evangelism curriculum on DVD, Real Conversations is hitting the shelves. And every time people are always surprised with this fact… Sharing my faith one-on-one terrifies…Read More
by Jonathan McKee Posted in ArticlesYouth Worker Development
“Today’s youth pastors are the laziest bunch of people I’ve ever met.” Disagree with it if you want. I didn’t say it, and it wasn’t an all-inclusive statement. I know plenty of hardworking and even over-worked youth workers. This comment was said by my friend in a moment of frustration. But…was there some truth to it?
by David R Smith Posted in Featured Article
On that Thursday night, I had a roomful of eager teenagers vying for student leadership opportunities within our youth ministry. I also had a short-but-engaging Bible study on the importance of serving others. I even had Dunkin Donuts’ donuts and Starbucks’ coffee available. But I was still missing one crucial piece of the puzzle: a 72-year-old man confined to a wheelchair.
by Jonathan McKee Posted in ArticlesProgrammingTraining
Have you noticed that “programming” has become a bad word in many youth ministry circles? Really? Don’t get me wrong, I love the push-back against those of us who have become so program-focused that we lose sight of why those programs were created to begin with. Sadly, I’ve seen way…Read More
by Kara Powell and Brad Griffin Posted in Adolescent DevelopmentFeatured ArticleFree ResourcesProgrammingTraining
The Sticky Faith Teen Curriculum is a 10-session journey exploring everything from the gospel and faith identity development to how to plan for the party scene at campus. In the sample session you can download free below, you can tackle with students the important question, How can I find a…Read More