Articles that I have written on other youth ministry websites:

The Secret Sauce of Game Leading

Have you ever been leading a game and things suddenly…are just “right?” There is laughter, energy, and true play. Volunteers are building relationships…https://thesource4ym.com/the-secret-sauce-to-game-leading/

What Do Our Youth Need Most?

My first three months of leading a youth ministry were nothing short of overwhelming. As I began to get to know “my kids,” I became amazed at the seriousness of their pain and the things they were struggling….https://thesource4ym.com/youth-ministry-help/what-do-our-youth-need-most/

Grace First

In the last 16 years of youth ministry, I’ve asked hundreds of kids to write down an answer to the question, “If God came to you in person, what is the first thing He would say to you?”  When I open up the little slips of paper… https://thesource4ym.com/youth-ministry-help/grace-first/

When Teens Are Out of Control

I know we are supposed to love the kids in our ministry and have happy, positive things to say about all of them. But what if they’re being a real pain? What do you do when…https://thesource4ym.com/youth-ministry-help/when-teens-are-out-of-control/

What if Kids Don’t Think I’m Awesome?

Confession:  After 16 years of youth ministry, I still get nauseous when I walk into a school cafeteria, and not because of the mystery meat. Am I cool enough…https://thesource4ym.com/youth-ministry-help/what-if-kids-dont-think-im-awesome/