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1 Prayer and 20 Ideas to Center Your Life on Jesus

I try to be healthy. Sometimes I feel like everything is crashing in and I can’t do it anymore. God seems to always encourage me and revitalize me, sometimes gently sometimes surprisingly and often right when I feel like I am done or can’t go on. I remember a few...

Gratitude: The Key to Longevity in Youth Ministry

A friend of mine recently asked me, “Since we are both sevens on Enneagram, I am wondering how do you stay at your job long term?” The Enneagram is a personality assessment. Sevens are notorious for being high-spirited extroverts who can easily be distracted and often...

Lice, Puke, and the Power of God

Summer camp is my favorite event of the year. I love planning for it, I love promoting for it, and I love the buzz that comes the week before when our team all comes together to finish off the last minute details. But at the end of the day, there is always something...

4 Ideas for Working with Middle Schoolers

Every other Sunday evening I lead a small group of middle school boys. It’s 45 minutes long, and it’s one of my favorite times of the week. I grab the 5 or 6 boys and bring them into my office. They stop by the mint jar immediately upon entering and grab a Life Saver,...


In the Vineyard we believe that God cares equally about every race, ethnicity, and gender. But a question that many of us still ask is a simple but important one: How do we do life with people who are different from us? Our hope is that this series will challenge your teens and give them the tools and passion necessary to better embrace those around them that are different from them so that the love of Jesus may be put on display through their lives.

In the Vineyard we believe that learning to hear God’s voice is a foundational skill we all should grow in throughout our lives. Sometimes hearing God’s voice can start to feel intimidating though, or like it is only for certain people. In this curriculum book we want to give teens the opportunity to not only learn about how God wants to speak to them because he loves them, but also to experience it and grow in confidence.

In the Vineyard we see the theology and practice of the Kingdom of God as core to who we are. It is foundational to all that we believe. In this set of lessons, our hope is to give pre and early teens an opportunity to learn about the theology and practice of the Kingdom of God through discussions and activities that will help students both learn about and experience the kingdom by way of the parable of the soil from Matthew 13.