• Four Challenges Young Church Leaders Will Face

    Four Challenges Young Church Leaders Will Face

    I was recently asked to give a talk to a classroom of ministry students at Trinity International University.  The topic was on some of the challenges they will likely face as they enter church leadership. Kind of a broad topic don’t you think? I first considered that every generation has challenges awaiting them on theContinue reading →

  • Dig In: Tips on Communicating Christ in a Post-Christian Culture

    ips on Communicating Christ in a Post-Christian Culture

    Recently, I attended a gathering of youth workers from all across the country. I love these times because I get to reconnect with old ministry friends and make plenty of new ones. But during my time there, my conversations, and others I caught wind of, seemed to continually turn to a single struggle that manyContinue reading →

  • The Future of Youth Ministry Starts Here

    The Future of Youth Ministry Starts Here

    Over the last eleven years, I have taught students apologetics and worldview training in the classroom from the laid-back suburbs of Detroit to the cultural epicenter of Los Angeles. The students may dress different, act different, have different experiences, and sometimes very different challenges. But when it comes to their faith, the questions, concerns, andContinue reading →

  • The Basics of Spiritual Growth in Students

    The Basics of Spiritual Growth in Students

    If you like sports, you have heard this story. In the 1960 NFL Championship game, the Green Bay Packers suffered a heartbreaking defeat to the New York Giants after blowing a fourth-quarter lead. Vince Lombardi opened the following seasons training camp determined to return to the basics. Standing in front of 38 professional athletes, heContinue reading →

  • Help! I Prepared for 20 Students, but Only 5 Showed Up!

    Help! I Prepared for 20 Students and only 5 Showed Up

    I will never forget the very first time I lead a youth group meeting. In my early days of seminary, I was volunteering in the youth ministry, working closely with the youth pastor, learning all I could. When he gave me the chance to plan and lead group for the night, I jumped at theContinue reading →

  • What Works in the Classroom Can Work in Ministry

    I am sure, like me, you have all been there. You feel like what you have to say is literally from the Spirit of God. You have prepped all week; you carefully crafted your talk, studied the text, prayed through the text, and even created some of the greatest tweetable one-liners. You are convinced thatContinue reading →

  • Why Bring Your Bible To School Day Matters

    Why Bring Your Bible to School Day Matters

    It might not seem all that important. It might seem like just another day we can ignore and move on to more important things. It might even seem like a day we kind of laugh at because there has to be a more impactful way of bringing our faith into public spaces—especially our public schools.Continue reading →

  • How is Generation Z Changing Youth Ministry?

    Generation Z Youth Ministry

    A few nights ago my daughters were watching their favorite cartoon. I am pretty strict on what they watch, and this particular show has been rather harmless. So I thought. My wife happened to be in the room when this cartoon, written for preschool age children, introduced the concept of two mommies. Taken slightly byContinue reading →

  • What Does Fortnite Have to do with Jesus?

    What Does Fortnite have to do with Jesus?

    Helping Students in Your Youth Group by Understanding Their Culture What show are students binge-watching on Netflix? How long will Fortnite be a thing? What is the most popular social media platform and who are students following? How much of youth culture ought we, as youth leaders, be a part of and how much shouldContinue reading →

  • How to Get Your Youth Group Talking

    3 Easy Ways For Better Youth Group Discussions

    More than once, I was told it was a liability in a church setting. What would work in the classroom for discussion could never translate in a church environment. Yet, I somehow always default to being a teacher—asking questions, calling on students, looking for constant interaction. Large portions of a teacher’s lesson plans are contingentContinue reading →

  • 3 Ways to Make the Most of See You at the Pole

    See You at the Pole - 3 ways to make the most of SYATP

    So many great movements in American history were begun by students. So many other great movements of faith started with faithful people on their knees in prayer. Just imagine what could happen when faithful students fall to their knees in prayer—for their fellow students, for their school, and for their nation.  For nearly twenty years,Continue reading →

  • Roe v. Wade at 45 Years Abortion Debate Still Rages

    Our friend, Pastor Don Shoemaker, wrote a really good piece with regard to abortion and we thought that it would be a good article to pass along to you.

  • 11 Keys to Keep Your Church’s Volunteer Children’s Staff Happy

    Keeping volunteer children’s staff around for more than a year can be difficult. The demands of working with children can be huge, but given good leadership, it is possible to have less turn-over. Here are 11 keys to keep children’s staff happy in their roles.

  • A Plea for Public Prayers – Knute Larson

    Thoughts on a missing part of church worship, with some possibilities for a reinstatement by Knute Larson It is not that a worship time for a church does not work without a planned worship and requested prayer.  Many churches do very well without it.  And no one complains.  But… All of us who follow God’sContinue reading →

  • What is ON MISSION Insights

    ON MISSION Insights (OMI) seeks to help pastors and church leaders with their ministry through periodic emails by experts in the field of church ministry. 

  • Key Concepts on Creating a Sending Church Culture – OMI – May 2017

    Mark Artrip is the Pastor of Movement Church in Hilliard, Ohio. Movement Church is a part of an interesting chronology of churches planting other churches in the greater Columbus area.

  • One Pastor’s Approach for Finding & Developing Leaders-OMI – March 2017

    Ed Short is a fun guy.  It is easy to have a good time with him because he laughs and smiles all the time.  But he also gets things done. Ed serves as CE National’s Ministry Coach and Consultant for churches as well as for pastors.  He has pastored large churches as well as smallContinue reading →

  • Equipping Men in Biblical Leadership – OMI – Feb. 2017

    If your church is like many, much of the engagement and active participation in ministry is often done by women. Here are some thoughts from Timothy Kurtaneck (TK), staff member at CE National, about how we can encourage men in ministry through various resources that are available to pastors and churches. I’m conflicted.. Over aContinue reading →

  • Five Thoughts on Being an Encouraging Pastor – By Bill Smith – Feb. 2017

    Anyone who knows Pastor Bill Smith can recognize that he understands the art of encouragement! Not one to give false flattery, Pastor Bill always has a smile and an encouraging thing to say with people he comes across. He is the epitome of an encourager—a “Barnabas” or “son of encouragement,” if you will, to thoseContinue reading →

  • 8 Quick Tips for Starting a College-age Ministry

    We are often asked, by both leaders in student ministries as well as lead pastors, the question, “What do you do for young adult/collegiates in a local church context?” One of our good friends, Bob Hetzler, has a key interest in young adult/collegiate ministry and has written a very interesting article identifying 8 quick tipsContinue reading →