From Fear to Hope:
Embracing Fear

(Article Originally Posted December 1, 2016) Fear, Hope, and Politics Even after our yearly ritual of stuffing our faces and spending tons of money we don’t have on things we don’t need, many are still reeling from one of the most vitriolic political seasons in recent memory. And as we learned from the 2016 campaign […]

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 […]

The Kid Who Never Came Back:
Handling Youth Group Dropouts

The Kid Who Never Came Back

What happens when an active teen suddenly drops out of youth group? 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;” Proverbs 3:5-7a (NRSV) […]

The Teenage Brain

The Teenage Brain - Steve Schneeberger

Today we’re excited to share The Teenage Brain, a talk given by Steve Schneeberger of the Youth Ministry Institute. It was given at the Flagler Forum on Youth Ministry at Flagler College. YMI empowers youth ministers to become skilled and effective leaders. Transcription: [Steve]: What are you thinking?! If you’re either parent of a middle schooler […]

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 Ministry Out of Mission Community

YM Out of Mission Community

Kindred’s own Justin Forbes gave this presentation, titled Youth Ministry out of Mission Community, at the annual Youth Ministry Academy conference in Orlando, Florida. This event was presented in conjunction by the Youth Ministry Institute and the Center for Youth Ministry Training, and was sponsored by Kindred Youth Ministry. Below the video you can find […]

Bugattis, Disability, and Youth Ministry


Happiness from Things “A million dollars will not make you happy.” “Zach, a million dollars will buy me a Bugatti, and that will make me happy,” the youth quipped. “A Bugatti will not make you happy.” “Have you ever driven a Bugatti?” I had not. There goes my credibility. Not an auspicious beginning to my […]

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, […]

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 […]

13 Reasons Why:
A Youth Ministry Response

13 Reasons Why

It was an average youth group meeting, plates with pizza crust were strewn across the floor, kids were loud and chattering, sneaking peeks at their cell phones. I overheard a group of girls gushing about “13 Reasons Why,” a show I had briefly, though with curiosity, scrolled past on my Netflix account. After listening to […]