VY Blog

Written by vineyard youth workers,

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Sharpening the Saw: Starting the Right Away

I don’t know much about computers but I do know there is a factory reset on most, or at least the ability to reset the computer to its original intent. My iPhone has that ability for sure. Every once in a while I have messed things up enough to consider resetting my...

Right Now Media

If you are anything like me, you are always on the look-out for quality content that is easy to access for youth group. Once in a while on this blog we will review something like that for you. A year ago my church, CityLight Vineyard, decided to purchase a year's...

Three Ways to Gauge What Your Teens REALLY Believe

If we are totally honest, youth ministry can sometimes feel like a rat race of crazy games, junk food and making sure that the middle schoolers stay alive before their parents arrive. This is especially true if you are bi-vocational and youth ministry is your “second...

Communicating Theology to Teens

When it comes to communicating theology to teens, the real question is what is your own theology? And then, what is the Vineyard’s theology? When you spit out a generated “pat” answer to one of your teen’s questions, are you pausing to see if you even believe it? I...

5 Reasons You Should Be Using Discussion More Often

Last night at youth group it happened again. It can be a regular occurrence if you create space for it. I was leading discussion, and one of my teens proposed an idea that was, frankly, just not in the Bible. My reflex was to correct her right away, but I've learned...

What Will They Remember?

Every once in a blue moon I get an actual real live phone call from a previous student typically in need of a job reference or wanting to share news. I absolutely love catching up with young adults who I was privileged to spend time with in their teen years. Often...

Preaching Without Words

I remember a conversation I had with my baseball coach on a cool Spring afternoon during my senior year in high school. He was talking to me while I was waiting on deck to take batting practice and like many of our conversations, this one had nothing to do with...

I Wish I Knew: Who Isn’t Here?

We are going to write a few articles this month about things we wish we knew when we started out in youth ministry. I had the joy of doing youth ministry for twenty years and there are many lessons I've learned. One that came to mind this morning was something that...

Let’s Make a Chair

I think there are two aspects to soul care. Caring for your spiritual well-being and caring for your mental well-being. In my last soul care article I talked about three ways to gauge where you are at with soul care and how these ways are based on how you are...

A More Christlike God

If I was to pick one book that has impacted my ideas of who God is, it would be A More Christlike God, by Bradley Jersak. My thoughts on the book can be summed up by examining the thesis of this book, what is God really like? The author does an amazing job at breaking...