Students’ Letters to Congress about School Safety

The other day I published a list of ideas to help talk to students about school shootings. As I stressed, I believe that the church should be a place where students feel safe--on both a physical level but also safe to have hard conversations...even about the most controversial issues. School safety is one of those;... Continue Reading →

Addressing School Shootings in Youth Ministry

I have two major philosophies in youth ministry: The church should be the safest place in the world. Every kid has the right to have a place where they belong, where they can be themselves, where they can share their story and feel known. I work with middle schoolers because no place feels safe to this age: home... Continue Reading →

Introducing: The Thread!

I've written curriculum! One of the most exciting projects that I have had the opportunity to contribute was to "The Thread" by YouthMinistry360. The Thread is a 52-week Bible Study produced to trace students through the Bible from the beginning to the end. In each lesson there is the main narrative which takes place in... Continue Reading →

Statement of Faith & Doubt

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1 What does it mean to have faith? Growing up, this verse in Hebrews comforted me to have confidence even when I'm not sure of what I'm even confident about. Working with teenagers means that... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday: The Time 20yo Heather taught on the Armor of God

Last week I gave my intern, Zach, an especially difficult lesson that he was to write from scratch and then I would watch him teach (this was the first time for either in a very long time): The Armor of God. I forgot how difficult that passage was, and last week when I sat down... Continue Reading →

What are You Fishing For?

When Jesus first called his disciples, they were fishing. Jesus performed the miracle of filling their nets, proving that he was able to provide for their physical (and even financial) needs. Then Jesus said, "Follow me, and I'll make you a fisher of men." These men followed Jesus on a three-year long journey. During this... Continue Reading →

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