Little late to the game, but here is my latest article for Youth Specialties. Some great lessons here I have learned over the years that have helped me in my time management. (click on pic below)
Had the privilege of attending and speaking at the Teen Leadership Conference at Clarks Summit University. There I was part of a National Youth Ministries Conference that featured incredible speakers who spoke on ways to impact Generation Z for Christ.
Studying the different generations is fascinating to me, and it is important to understand the characteristics of each generation. Especially since there most likely is 7 generations in your church on a given Sunday. Seven!
Do you know the leadership style of the Generation Z? What impact is social media having on this generation? Mental health seems to be an issue, how do you help students who are struggling? These are all issues we discussed in the seminar.
My job was to answer the question: “What does a Generation Z Youth Ministry look like?” Here’s a checklist to help you in your quest to reach this generation. I encourage you to check it out, and feel free to add more in the comments.
I would not just call these stats “alarming”, but “jaw-dropping” would be more like it. This is an epidemic. Time we begin and continue to have conversations about the dangers of porn, and the broken hearts that only can be freed and rescued by Jesus (Galatians 5:1). Click on my article below to find these stats, and more reasons to pray and have conversations with teens, parents, and your own children as soon as possible.
Each year, I compile a list of goals for the coming year. One piece of advice, have a list on your phone or cork-board in your office where you write these ideas all throughout the previous year. That way, when you sit down at your computer in December, you’re not lost for ideas.
Here’s the list for 2019. Can’t wait to get started!
What are some goals you have for the coming year?
In the past 7 years, we have hosted a student mission conference. Basically, our goal is to encourage students to be missionaries at their schools, in their neighborhoods, and on their teams/bands/social platforms. In order to do this, it takes creativity, planning, and organization. Want to give it a try? OK, then let’s get started…
Bonus: For The Detail Oriented People in the Crowd. We host it on a Wednesday night for 1.5 hours. Sunday night would be another great option, keeping it in the regular youth program schedule. Limit the praise time to 2 songs and have your icebreaker ask people are coming in. This provides for more teaching time. Keep prayer a focus of the night as well.
There you have it. If you have any questions on how to plan this event, feel free to comment below. It has been a real blessing to our youth ministry over the years, and I hope it will inspire you to plan a student mission conference in your ministry sometime soon!
REAL Solution. I don’t know about you, but I am tired of books, articles, and social media posts that just surmise an issue with this current generation and the church. I’m tired of reading about the problems, and I was refreshed to read in this book – REAL and REACHABLE solutions to the issues of growing young. A heartfelt thank you to the all the work the writers put into this.
Dedicated Research. This was hard work to put this together. It was a clear dedication of the writers and research team to not leave a stone unturned. They went to the small churches to the megas, and found answers to the growing young question. That is something the reader will appreciate.
REAL Testimonies. These aren’t just ideas. These are real people who have been affected by churches that have intentionally reached out to this generation in their church. The testimonies were not just glossed-over stories from pastors, but from people inside the church who have benefited and lived out the ministry changes and direction.
Nope, nope, nope. There was one quote that made me quote Petrie on Land Before Time and say “Oh, no no no no”. “We wonder if sermon preparation and preaching is an area in which some leaders could invest less time”. While they did give this quote with the caveat of holding God’s Word at the “highest value”, it still is a dangerous statement.
The Random Boxes. This is a minor complaint, but it seemed to break the flow of the chapter when a box of random information was placed in the middle of a chapter. Suggest maybe placing this in the context of the chapter or at the end.
The Grade: A. I tell ya what this book did. Honestly, it gave me great encouragement that my philosophy of ministry was on the right track with this generation. On the flip side, it challenged me immensely in the weakness of my own ministry in reaching this generation. That is what this book will do to you, encourage and challenge you and your ministry.