Let’s Talk About Sex

Let's Talk About Sex

So I just finished a three week series for parents on faith and sexuality at a local church. I had no clue how it would go, but I was surprisingly pleased with the response! There was a room full of people who were desperate to talk about sexuality in a way that was thoughtfully grounded […]

3 Things We’re Thankful for in Youth Ministry

The three of us at Kindred Youth Ministry would like you wish you a happy Thanksgiving! We made a 2-minute video to share 3 things we’re thankful for in youth ministry. After watching, comment on the video and tell us what you’re thankful for! Happy Thanksgiving from Kindred!Happy Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for? #youthministry […]

Church vs Culture

Church vs Culture

I was a 16 year old, trained to battle the world…  I have spent a lifetime in church. I was baptized as an infant. I was the perennial second place winner of Sunday School Bible memorization. I was unflinchingly committed to my youth group, a hard-core every week kid. And sometime in 80s and 90s, […]

The Listening Youth Leader

Listening Youth Leader

“I won’t care about how much you know until I know how much you care.” Have you ever heard that phrase before? It is a key phrase that I heard over and over again, emphasizing the importance of listening while leading youth ministry. As I have shared in previous blog posts, I grew up in […]

Youth Group Celebrity

YG Celebrity

I was recently at a youth ministry event that featured a testimony video from a 15-year-old boy who was raised in an abusive family. Let’s call him Dustin. You couldn’t help but be moved when you heard Dustin’s story about finding a safe place in his youth group.   He was crying, his peers were […]

The Pain We Carry:
7 Strategies for Supporting Hurting Teens

The Pain We Carry

Kids, Concrete, and Care Ten years ago, while on church staff, I helped to initiate and co-lead a $4 million building program to build a state of the art youth ministry wing. One of the key aspects of the final design was a stained concrete floor. Once the building construction was underway, I eagerly anticipated […]

Getting Jesus Wrong:
Dealing with the Unknown in Youth Ministry

Getting Jesus Wrong

Mark 8:27-30 Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” He asked them, “But who do you say that […]

Youth Ministry Games:
Play as Ministry

Youth Ministry Games - Kindred Youth Ministry

Some of us youth workers have found ourselves in the habit of compartmentalizing the games we play from the theology we teach. And that’s not all unhealthy. It’s good that youth ministry is shifting away from some of its more frivolous entertainment strategies to something more meaningful. But in our search for meaning and spiritual […]

Youth Ministry Games:
Do We Need Them?

youth ministry games

“Keep the games. Youth in Hong Kong need to play.” This was the first advice I received from Dale, one of my parents-volunteers, as we were chatting over a plate of sushi about my arrival as the new Youth Director. It was a few weeks ago in Lai Kwan Fung, one the busiest neighborhoods in […]

Youth Ministry in a Post-Christian World

Youth Ministry in a Post-Christian World

Two Corinthians In the 2016 presidential primary race Donald Trump bungled the name of a book of the Bible. I heard the story over the radio in my car. It began with the quote “Two Corinthians 3:17…that’s the whole ball game…” I was alone and I laughed out loud. The follow-up to the story was […]