For today’s teens, even once you get them to show up to your youth group, it can be even more challenging to keep them engaged and interested in what you have to say.
That’s why Sparkhouse launched T.B.D., a new youth small group that helps teens unpack and take ownership of their faith – diving deep into discussion about topics like prayer and sin.… Read the rest
As we swing into the end of summer and the unending advertisements for back to school, you likely heard a few in July – already talking about Christmas!
When you heard “Christmas in July,” what thought came to mind?
“Wow! I need to nab that great deal now!”
“Help!… Read the rest
I was coming to the penultimate point of my teaching series, something that – as a new youth worker and a new seminary grad – was the pinnacle of my ministry thus far. Now, 15 years later, I don’t even remember the topic (which may or may not have been a sign … ) but in that moment, please know that this teaching series mattered.… Read the rest
Before you realize it, kids you raised up in children’s programs become youth qualified for church leadership. It can be incredibly difficult to come to terms with this for a variety of reasons. It’s hard to recognize that they are old enough to be in those roles – and it’s hard to understand that they are adults when you’ve watched them throw temper tantrums, changed their diapers, and rolled your eyes when they just couldn’t settle down during prayer.… Read the rest
Today’s teenagers can be challenging to engage. After all, they are used to having all the information they need at their fingertips.
For youth leaders, we know the challenges that this brings for you. Tied with undying skepticism about anything and everything, it can be tough to not only engage this age group, but also to get them thinking about topics like their faith.… Read the rest
You can always tell that August will be here before you know it when the big box stores start to stack the front aisles with back-to-school goodies, and you can only wonder what in the world happened to the past two months of summer!… Read the rest
It’s no secret that many churches don’t have large budgets – if any budget at all! As a ministry resource provider, Sparkhouse donates time, resources, and money to churches to help them spark faith in their communities. This year at the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering, Sparkhouse donated $2,000 to one lucky church.… Read the rest
In the christian education wing, we are thrifty. We can make crafts or play a game with a stack of donated egg cartons. It can be intimidating to try to convince your pastor, education board, or financial administrator to approve a budget for faith formation curriculum.… Read the rest
Bryan and Erik, our Youth Ministry Podcast hosts, fully know the struggle of taking time to rest. From youth conferences to mission trips to camp or lock-ins – it can quite frankly be exhausting! In these intensive situations, youth leaders are expected to be fully present, away from home and family, and focused on the students (chaperones, too!).… Read the rest
When it comes to planning your monthly parent and toddler class, your Sunday school programming for the year, or a weekend confirmation retreat, it can be challenging to find the time to organize, prepare, and even train your volunteers. Launched earlier this week, our newest digital curricula platform, Sparkhouse Digital, eases the complexity that comes with your ministry – allowing you more time to focus on what matters.… Read the rest