Author Archives: Jeremy Steele

How to get published in youth ministry

Writing Letters as a Critical Practice to Youth Ministry

I remember many moons ago attending a huge youth ministry conference and saying, I want to be the presenter on stage publishing articles and books and being super cool all over.  I contacted a couple big publishing houses and found a less than hospitable reaction to a youth worker with about a year and a half of experience wanting to ...

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The Desire For Holiness

Philippians 3:17-20 John Wesley was very practical in his instructions to pastors reaching out far beyond how they taught and studied the scriptures. One of his directives was to eat a little less than you desire. It wasn’t because he was concerned about their health or worried about their cholesterol. It was that he didn’t want his pastors to be ...

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5 Quick and Easy Tips to Get Fired Today

Sure Ways to Get Fired Today

We all know the obvious great ideas to get fired like complete moral failure and violence to students, but if you aren’t quite ready to go to jail, here are some other great ways to loose your job! Dress and act like a kid – When the church hired you, they were hiring an adult to run a youth program.  ...

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3 Killer Back to School Icebreakers

3 Killer Back to School Icebreakers

Students are heading back to school which mean’s its time for a new set of themed ice breakers! 1. Making the Grade People Scavenger Hunt:  The goal of this is to be the first student get a “100.”  Each student must go around filling in each of the number questions and writing the name of the person who gave the ...

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The Little Sin That Became Mainstream

The Little Sin That Became Mainstream

I am very concerned about American culture.  There is a sinful cancer spreading throughout every nook and cranny and it is showing no sign of stopping.  Though fifty years ago this sin was clearly a sin and everyone knew that. Little by little, bit by bit we have allowed our culture to wander away from God’s plan for humanity. Now, ...

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Robocop Small Group Lesson

Robocop Small Group Lesson

What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to be alive? These are the driving questions behind the remake of the remake of the 80s action movie. In the not too distant future a manufacturer of robotic peace keepers called Omnicorp breaks into the US market by combining man and machine. They “rescue” detective Alex Murphy after ...

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Divergent in Five Minutes (Spoilers!)

Divergent in Five Minutes (Spoilers!)

Another insanely popular teen novel is being made into a movie much to the delight of your reading teens and their non reading friends who are ready to see what their friends have been gushing about for the past couple of years.  The goal here is to give you an overview of the book and some talking points with students ...

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Where Did All the Introverts Go?

Where Did All the Introverts Go?

“You need to be a leader, not a follower.” “It requires you to take a leap of faith.” “God wants you to live life out loud for Jesus.” Though Americans are about a 50/50 split introverts vs. extroverts, we lift up extroversion as if this personality trait is somehow better or holier than the others.  Whether it is extolling the ...

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