Getting Spiritually Fit

How many of us worry about our beach body or are constantly setting (and sometimes actually meeting) health goals? This week, Gwen talks about focusing, not only on your physical health, but also your spiritual health. Do you set spiritual goals like you set weight goals? Our spiritual fitness is so important to leading & […]

13 Reasons Why: A Culture of Fear

The premiere of the second season of 13 Reasons Why has continued the show’s tradition of graphic content and controversial subject matter for younger viewers. Gwen Bartlett offers her thoughts on navigating the cultural implications of 13 Reasons Why and her advice on discussing these serious topics with your children. For even more detailed information […]

3 Go-To Small Group Games

Creating a shared experience can expedite the forming of friendships and greatly increase the process of bonding.  This is especially helpful with new small groups.  Whether it the beginning of a retreat, the start of the semester, or one of the first gatherings for a mission trip, here are some great games that will ensure […]

Remembering Their Names

Gwen offers her powerful testimony about remembering the victims of terrible violence. For your prayer, below is a list of the victims from the shooting in Las Vegas. Please intercede for their souls and the healing of their families and loved ones. Hannah Ahlers Heather Alvarado Dorene Anderson Carrie Barnette Jack Beaton Steve Berger Candice […]

Small Things with Great Love

My primary goal is to lead others closer to Christ through building Christocentric relationships and loving them as Christ loved us.  I strive to do this with my family, friends, coworkers, and in my ministry.  I’d love to say that this can be seen in the big and small ways of each of my interactions […]

Refilling Your Cup in Busy Times

Busy Summer can be (and most of the time, is) a busy time for youth ministers. Between camps, mission trips and conferences, it’s easy to finish the summer more exhausted than you began.  It is vital to take care of yourself, allow the Lord pour into you, and take some time to rejuvenate. Whether you only have a […]