Teach Like a Pirate // Blog
avatar

Youth Ministry, in recent years, seems to have become less creative; we have readopted the ancient form of communication, preaching, as the go-to model to bring about transformation to our students. However, lecture is one of the least effective forms. Just because it was in the Bible doesn’t make it the best tool for teaching young disciples (or mature ones … more

Life is a horse race: A Metaphor on Adolescence // Blog
avatar

It’s crazy that the life-packed sperm and egg get busy making new life as soon as they meet. They are setting up shop. It takes a long time to be fully alive. Just because you are born doesn’t mean that you have reached your full unpacking. We are coming to understand that that doesn’t happen until around the mid-20s. It’s … more

How can we foster curiosity and imagination in those we teach? This will be fun! // BLOG
avatar

“Let’s see what curiosity can do.” Watch this great commercial then ask, “How can I foster curiosity in those I teach or lead?” Have fun. Below are some curiosity generating questions that I ask. We can ask, What else? How did you do that? Great answer. What’s the next question? What haven’t we talked about? Why isn’t the wrong answer … more

Developing critical thinking skills with a commercial that is hard to watch // BLOG
avatar

One of the most challenging tasks leaders/parents who work with students have is to teach them to consider not only the immediate outcomes of an action, but the “dominoed” results of the immediate effects. I teach this by using the illustration of the pebble in the pond. When we throw a pebble in the pond, we do so because we … more

Take away technology from kids? This mom says she won’t! // BLOG
avatar

Hot button issue or not?  What do you think?  I side with the mom in the article below who listed 10 reasons why she was going to give handheld devices to her kids!!!! http://ow.ly/uCoAG This is an issue for parents and student ministers. Do we really think that we will impede the evolution of technology in culture? I keep reading … more