When Faith & Culture Collide: Ministry & the Mannequin Challenge

Social media has a way of launching cultural phenomenons overnight. In a matter of minutes, a video, social media challenge, or dance can go viral. There always seems to be something new that’s hot in youth culture, and then in the blink of an eye it becomes old news. Youth culture can be hard to keep up with, but it’s something youth workers can’t afford to ignore!        These fads come and go quickly, but if they’re important to students they need to be important to us. The ice…

Helping Students Avoid Election Infection

My dad used to tell me “There are certain things you don’t talk about: religion and politics.” He was a small business owner, and he knew these two topics were bad for business. They are contentious topics, but as youth workers, we have to break this rule.        We get the religion part, but what about the other piece? The U.S. is less than 30 days from the most negative election I’ve seen. Our students know it, and I think we have to speak to it. Not to endorse a candidate or pick a side,…

3 Keys to Reaching Students with Social Media

It’s 2016, and social media is here to stay. Students are using it, and if we want to reach them so should we! Whether we personally like social media or not, we can’t afford to ignore it.        Unfortunately, many youth workers are either not using it or aren’t using it well. To reach students far from God, we have to be where they’re at. Almost all students are on social media in one form or another, which means we have to be there too. Not only that,…

Leadership Lessons from Pokemon Go

      If you’re not playing Pokemon Go yet, congratulations. You’re one of 50 people on the planet still holding out! Pokemon Go has taken the world by storm in just a few weeks. And not only is it entertaining, but I believe it holds built in leadership lessons for youth workers.     I grew up as a 90’s kid playing pokemon from the beginning. So there was no question I would be downloading Pokemon Go as soon as it launched! After playing it for just a couple of weeks,…