Why Do Students Disconnect from Church?

"Dave Kinnaman's recent book You Lost Me offers sobering look at the status quo of the church. Based on an extensive survey, Kinnaman notes six primary factors for students disconnecting from church. Devoting...

Muddy and Gross Games for Youth Groups

We have a tradition at Hayward Wesleyan Church...the week before the teenagers head back to school we put on what we call the... Back 2 School Bash The staple at this annual event is playing with...

A New Approach to Tackling the Gospels in Main Street

History of Main Street In the summer of 2003, I chose 39 stories in the Torah (Genesis through Deuteronomy), 39 stories in the Writings (Joshua-Nehemiah), and 39 stories in the Gospels and Acts. These 117...

From Loathing to Kindness, From Dehumanizing to Humanizing

So I guess the story is that a former Yankee player, Robinson Cano, was traded to the Seattle Mariners during the off season for a large 10-year contract (I think it was somewhere around...

A Few Things I Wrote Down in Abstinence Class

About a month ago I was able to sit in on a high school health class while they were discussing abstinence. The instructor used a video-based teaching series from a woman named Pam Stenzel. She...

A Blindfolded Worship Experience

At Youth on Wednesday night, we recently engaged in the story found in Mark 10:46-52 that shares the account of a blind man receiving sight from Jesus. In order to better prepare ourselves to...

Stories of Elisha

Stories of Elisha 1 Kings 19:19 - 2 Kings 8:6 Last week's story was centered around the prophet Elijah. In this week's story, the main character is Elisha. Elisha is Elijah's successor and this prophet does some...

Story of Elijah

Story of Elijah 1 Kings 16:29 - 1 Kings 19:18 Last week the kingdom divided. Ten tribes in the north remained Israel, while two tribes in the south, Judah and Benjamin were renamed Judah. Elijah was a...

Habitudes: Images that Form Leadership Habits and Attitudes

I was posting some training materials over at wesleyankids.org about a month ago and came across an interview of a man named Dr. Tim Elmore. He had some phenomenal things to say regarding technology...

The Divided Kingdom of Israel // North (Israel) and South (Judah)

The Divided Kingdom 1 Kings 10:26 - 12:33 Last week we saw the height of glamour, prestige, and influence in the world for the Israelites. King Solomon is leading God's people in wisdom and people from...

Solomon Builds the Temple

Every Sunday for the past 11 years we have walked through the stories of the Bible in a linear, chronological fashion in our children's ministry environment we call Main Street. Back in early 2008, we...

Is Porn Harmless, or Is It Damaging Lives?

From the UK, a former editor for Britian's version of Maxim magazine, called "Loaded" discusses his conclusion that pornography is "the most pernicious threat facing children today." I asked the teenagers: 'On a scale of one...