DON’T MAKE A BIG IMPACT IN STUDENT’S LIVES

“We are all capable of contributing to the world in a way that makes a profound difference.  A rare few go big. Make the big gesture. Take the big risk. Expose themselves on a grand scale. Create and then ride the big wave.  But most of us, myself included, take a different yet equally valid path.  It’s the path of the ripple.  Simple actions, moments, and experiences. Created, offered, and […]

CHRISTMAS YOUTH GROUP GAME – CHRISTMAS CLIFFHANGER

A few weeks ago my 11-year old daughter, Emma, purchased a stuffed E.T. when we visited Universal Studios. On the way home that night, my wife Jena took this picture: Aren’t they cute?!?! This pic captures the essence of “peace” and “protection”. In that moment, Emma was at total peace. All was good in her world. She was safe. The students in your ministry need to know that God is the one […]

WHY A BUSY MINISTRY-LIFE STINKS & HOW TO SLOW DOWN

GET PDF OF THIS BLOG POST I’m reading an awesome book written by Jonathan Fields, How to Live a Good Life, and wanted to share with you what I am learning. In the book Jonathan shares this story: “Derek Sivers, founder of CD Baby and legendary nice guy,  was living on the beach in Santa Monica, CA. A few times a week, he would grab his bike and ride the […]

Youth Group Lesson on Depression

Depression is a challenging topic to address in any youth ministry. It is important to remember that many of your students are likely, at some point in their lives, to struggle with depression in some form or another. However, there are still many misconceptions about depression. In fact, odds are that many of you reading and preparing to teach this lesson struggle with depression, and there is one thing that you […]

YOUTH GROUP LESSON ON CHRISTMAS – INAPPROPRIATE WREATHS

Well, this is ironic. I’m posting a Christmas lesson a few days before Thanksgiving. Why would I do that?!? And what’s all this business about an inappropriate wreath? How inappropriate! Let me explain… Although Thanksgiving is this week, this Christmas lesson does require some preparation time beforehand. So, I wanted to get it out to you now so you can plan ahead. The lesson is pretty short, so you will have […]

Youth Group Lesson for Thanksgiving

For quite some time now I have a daily habit helping me cultivate an attitude of gratitude. My routine is waking up, grabbing a cup of coffee, reading 30 minutes, then going for a walk around the neighborhood. I start out the walk by going through the previous day in my head, thanking God for small and big stuff I’m grateful for. I try and go through the list as […]

Youth Group Lesson on Unity

Unity. There is something really beautiful about finding unity in a group, especially in a youth ministry. Yet, probably all of us have seen the exact opposite of unity happen in our youth ministries at one time or another. It is painful and it is debilitating. This week’s lesson will help your group dive into what it means to be united in Christ…to be “one”. Spend time praying for the […]

HOW TO USE ‘TWITTER SCRIPTURE BOMBS’ TO HELP STUDENTS SHARE THEIR FAITH

Written by Aaron Helman GET PDF OF THIS BLOG POST If your youth ministry is like most youth ministries, you probably have a Twitter account. You use it to share updates and news from your youth ministry and check in on whatever’s going on in students’ lives. But if you’re like me, you probably feel sometimes like this Twitter thing – and all social media – is a tool that’s […]

YOUTH GROUP GAME – PAPER PLATE POWERBALL (FOCUS ON JESUS)

When I was 5 years old I got glasses for the first time. Prior to getting them, I couldn’t see the huge E (the biggest letter) on the eye chart (still true today). In fact, without my glasses I couldn’t see clearly (and still can’t) more than 4 inches away from from my face. Everything else is blurry…really blurry! I was so excited when I got my glasses. For the first […]

Youth Group Lesson on Happiness

Happiness. When was a time that the students in your ministry were truly happy? Do your students know what real & lasting happiness is, and do they know how to get it? Jesus offers us a view of what it means to be happy (and the path to get there). This view is radically different from what your students might expect. Jesus says that happiness comes in ways that we least expect […]