Racial Reconciliation Must Include Trauma Ministry

Racial Reconciliation Must Include Trauma Ministry

This summer, the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other unarmed Black individuals at the hands of police officers confronted the nation with the undeniable truth about systemic racism. It was no surprise that the news reports, videos and...

3 Questions Before You Leave Your Church Youth Group

I have heard pediatricians spend as much of their time reassuring nervous parents as they do treating the sick child. The same can be said about parents of students who worry over their children’s choices, salvation, church attendance, Bible knowledge and...

5 Ways to Slow Down Ministry’s Revolving Door

I spoke at a youth retreat recently, during which students acted out skits they made up. Again and again, students walked up and impersonated a caricature of one of their former youth ministers. “Do you see what’s going on here?” my friend asked,...

Why God Isn’t As Close as a Text Message

I often ask members of my youth group how their relationship with God is going. Sometimes I get typical one-word answers such as “good” or “OK,” and the conversation moves on. Other times, there is a longer engagement as they wrestle with the...