Simple Student Ministry, by Eric Geiger and Jeff Borton

I read a lot of books on student ministry, having served students in various capacities for over two decades.  A lot of them are full of programming ideas for attractional student ministry models.  Simple Student Ministry: A Clear Process for Strategic Youth Discipleship is for the rest of us.  Based on the "clarity - movement … Continue reading Simple Student Ministry, by Eric Geiger and Jeff Borton

No Greater Joy (Part Three)

"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth." (3 John 1:4) In previous posts, I've discussed the importance of modeling and teaching in the faith development of young people. As essential as these components are, they are severely lacking unless we as adults can provide hands-on, age-appropriate, … Continue reading No Greater Joy (Part Three)

Moralistic Therapeutic Deism: A Book Review of Soul Searching, by Christian Smith

Christian Smith is a sociologist of religion and culture, Professor of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame, Director of the Center for Sociology of Religion and Society, and Principal Investigator of the National Study of Youth and Religion.  His unique and extensive landmark study of the religious and spiritual lives of American adolescents was … Continue reading Moralistic Therapeutic Deism: A Book Review of Soul Searching, by Christian Smith

Am I Happy? with Sean McDowell

I just checked out the latest youth ministry offering from BluefishTV and @Sean_McDowell. This 4-part video-driven Bible study series examines the struggles teens face in their search for happiness.  In a previous post, I described an in-depth, seven-month study into young people and happiness conducted by the Associated Press and MTV.  The study, not surprisingly, showed … Continue reading Am I Happy? with Sean McDowell

Book Review: Hurt, by Chap Clark

Chap Clark has been one of the most respected and well-known voices in the world of youth and family ministry for my entire youth ministry career.  So, the youth ministry world took note when this veteran youth worker and teacher took a sabbatical to substitute teach in a high school to gain additional insight into … Continue reading Book Review: Hurt, by Chap Clark

Why Jesus? Answering Tough Questions About Our Savior, with David Nasser

My friends at BluefishTV invited me to take a look at this video series they produced featuring youth speaker and author @davidnasser and hosted by Third Day's @macpowell, and I highly recommend it. The four-session series of DVDs was filmed on location in Israel.  Nasser, who speaks for Billy Graham Crusades, teaches from Jerusalem, Bethlehem, … Continue reading Why Jesus? Answering Tough Questions About Our Savior, with David Nasser

No Greater Joy (Part Two)

"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth." (3 John 1:4) In my previous post, I discussed the importance of modeling an authentic biblical faith for our children.  But "lifestyle evangelism" will not take our children very far at all.  We also have to know and teach … Continue reading No Greater Joy (Part Two)

No Greater Joy (Part One)

"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth."  (3 John 1:4) I have spent over 20 years serving as a volunteer youth worker, youth pastor, and parent.  Whether we think of our own biological, adopted or foster children when we read the words of the apostle John, … Continue reading No Greater Joy (Part One)