Apparently, if you want optimal choices, you have to buy toddler halloween costumes in July. Not knowing this, I went at the end of September and thought I was doing good. Instead, I found only two left in my daughter's size: An adorable dog and a...
Archive for October 2016
At a recent training, I sat at a table full of strangers. Rather quickly, we were asked to share vulnerably. One of the women at our table began, saying, “I have some thoughts, but I don't know if you're going to like them.”
Hoping to reassure...
Today, I'm linking up with Kate Motaung's Five Minute Friday. The rules: Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
This week's prompt: Park.
They're typically two of her first words after waking....
What the book's about: Broken Hallelujahs is as, the subtitle says, about learning to grieve the big and small losses of life. It reads like a memoir and indeed, Beth shares vulnerably from her life. Yet, it's packed with theology and practical...
“Why?” I asked him.
In response, he said, “Because...
Recently, a student arrived at our youth ministry's gathering significantly early. So I asked him about his day. Specifically, I asked, What was the worst part of your day?
Immediately, the student responded, “Someone hit me.”
Needless to say, I...
What the book's about: H3 Leadership by Brad Lomenick is about the characteristics of a leader, which include being humble, staying hungry, and always hustling.
Why I read this book: I try to always be reading a leadership book. This...
We kicked off our fall programming this year by wrestling with the question, “Does God exist?”, a question prompted – at least in part – by the fact that some of our freshmen are adamant about their belief that God does not exist.
Part of the...
While on vacation, my extended family and I went boating, something I have fond memories of from childhood vacations.
As is often the case when extended family gathers, as we sat around the beach, people started telling stories. One story was told...
What I'm Reading:
The end of summer and the beginning of fall have been CRAZY! Nevertheless, I read 7 fiction books during the last two months.
Best beach read: Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty. I don't typically consider...
Jen Bradbury on Youth Ministry
Jen serves as the director of youth ministry at Faith Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. A veteran youth worker, Jen holds an MA in Youth Ministry Leadership from Huntington University. Jen is the author of The Jesus Gap: What Teens Actually Believe about Jesus (The Youth Cartel). Her writing has also appeared in YouthWorker Journal, Immerse, and The Christian Century. When not doing ministry, she and her husband Doug can be found hiking, backpacking, and traveling.More about Jen
The Real Jesus
The Jesus Gap
What Teens Actually Believe About Jesus
Based on National Research
- Should youth workers give teens the answers or the questions?
- Recent Reads: Unleashing the Power of Rubber Bands by Nancy Ortberg
- Play toys, Mama!
- Church isn't 7-11
- What I'm Into (June, 2017 Edition)
- When to Report Up
- Recent Reads: Hope Prevails by Dr. Michelle Bengtson
- 12 Things Students Need from Adult Leaders on Mission Trips
- 10 things mission trip staffers need from adult leaders
- 18 tips for traveling with toddlers
- Review: At Home in the World by Tsh Oxenreider
- How to respond to a nastygram
- Recent Reads: Mack & Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions
- Why you should call on introverts first
- A giveaway of my new book, Unleashing the Hidden Potential of Your Student Leaders
- Mama, Sing!
- Review: The Gift of Hard Things by Mark Yaconelli
- Review: Choosing Real by Bekah Jane Pogue
- Guest Post: Why Student Leadership Works by Emily Gorz