Last summer students and adults prayed for Haiti, gave toward missions in Haiti– some even served in Haiti!  This summer we are bringing a piece of Haiti to YOU. At Crossings 2013, one full day of camp (AKA “Haiti Day”)…

Discipleship is a process that must render a life that is transformed. The process must have a strategy that can be replicated in every discipling relationship. It must have attainable and measurable goals for that transformation. Do you believe this…

The term programming is become a dirty word in some youth ministry circles. It often suggests a leader-driven ministry. While the principle concern is valid and a pressing sin issue in local church leadership, is it wise to delete a useful…

The first church that I served in was in a small town in southern Virginia. My first week on the job was a cold February Monday. My first task, plan the winter retreat quickly followed by the Spring Conference at…

Life is full a crossroads. Critical decisions come at pace that often finds us unprepared. How do you make the hard decisions or even the urgent decisions that face you? No one makes a decision to intentionally hurt ourselves or…

In youth ministry, we all have things we love to do that refuel our tanks or give us energy. Then there are those things that we must do that drain us. Unfortunately what refuels one leader doesn’t necessarily refuel every…

Social media has been around longer than most adults realize. Most of the middle school students in your church can’t remember life without Facebook or Twitter. Do you remember the very for 6 hours you spent exploring Facebook?…all in one…

This is still the most frequent question that I am presented with everywhere I speak. Not every inquisition is antagonistic towards the discipline of local church youth ministry. However, every time the question is raised, I can’t help but become…

  Teenagers with a biblically grounded Christian worldview do not just happen, they must be built. “In the absence of biblical formative instruction, secular formative instructors take over. Our hearts are easily captivated by the hollow and deceptive philosophy of…

In the classes that I teach I am constantly asking the question, “What is discipleship?”  If I have 20 students, inevitably, I will receive at least 7 different answers. At the Center for Youth Ministry we believe above all else…