One of the things that I love about my job is the freedom I have to create experiences that not only draw teenagers deeper in relationship to God, but educate them on social issues that are close to God’s heart. A few years ago, all of us at YouthWorks started asking more intentionally why we […]Read more "Jesus Loves Refugees"
Two months deep in my first full-time job and I’ve read more paperwork than I care to recall. The fall is a season of evaluation at YouthWorks, and we are dutifully processing through mounds of feedback–from site staff, from area directors, from participants, from service partners, housing partners, community friends, and more. If you had a […]Read more "Affectionate Communities: Bringing Affection Home"
Missions trips can be emotional, life-changing experiences. I went on missions trips and high school and I considered them watershed moments in my faith. Unfortunately, many people have dissimilar experiences with short-lived emotional highs that fades shortly after returning home. I’ve facilitated 23 missions trips for probably a hundred different groups and been on a […]Read more "Three Questions to Ask on Mission Trips"
I’ve recently been reading Andrew Root series, “A Theological Journey Through Youth Ministry.” Root has such an intriguing was of conceptualizing and explaining ideas that you are drawn into his reading. I already included an excerpt from the first book in his series, Taking Theology to Youth Ministry, but not allow me to offer an […]Read more "The Purpose of Adolescence (It’s Not What You Think)"
Cars jockeyed into our cramped parking lot as flames burned the air around us. The blaze climbed higher as though it threatened to scorch the clouds. This fire threatened to take out an entire hillside littered with homes–our church is planted on that identical hillside, just east and uphill of where the fire had begun. Despite Rend Collective Experiment’s appeal to “Set Your Church […]Read more "An Arsonist Set My Heart On Fire"
I had recently been praying for Jesus’ provision. He ended up giving me empty pizza boxes. I can’t believe it! Let me back up first. As my time in Logan wanes to a close, I’ve been brainstorming how to leave well. The church has been incredibly gracious to invite me back after having spent the summer […]Read more "Jesus Gave Me Empty Pizza Boxes"
When a youth group comes on a YouthWorks mission trip, all of the details and logistics are managed for them. This allows a group to completely throw themselves into the service aspect of the trip with service partnerships already lined up. In this brief devotion to service, groups are routinely surprised by how easy and […]Read more "Six Easy Service Ideas"