Teach Like a Pirate // Blog
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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
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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

Adol Dev, the Brain, & Developing Lasting Faith in Teens //Blog
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IF YOU WORK WITH TEENS, this may be the best post you have read in years! Your Adolescents may just love you for it. Just 15 years ago, we didn’t know what was going on in the brain. Today, we know more b/c of MRI that should influence our theological conclusions. I have included THREE videos for you to watch … more

Conduct your own sF test for a healthy ministry culture where spiritual formation can occur // BLOG
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Conduct sF testing of your ministry’s soil/culture. Read the first part of the info below about pH testing of soil… then conduct your own sF testing of your yourth ministry’s culture. “The Importance of Soil TestingĀ (from lowes.com) For optimal plant growth, soil must have the proper pH level. pH is measured on a scale of 1 to 14. A measurement … more

How to help students develop spiritual plasticity // Blog
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Just as neural plasticity is vital for our brain’s health & capacity for learning & growth, we have to aid students to develop spiritual plasticity by creating experiences & environments where they can explore what it means to be a mature Christ follower in the 21st century. The spiritual disciplines greatly help in this process. Students must be lead to … more