Youth Worker Network 3.0


Registration is open! Youth Worker Network 3.0 will meet January – June and September and October in 2018. We meet on the second Tuesday of the month from 10 am to 2 pm. People from 2016 and 2017 are welcome to return, although some content will be repeated. The meeting location will be determined by who signs up – I will attempt to find a central, or rotating location.

Registration is $300 per church and you can bring as many people as you like on that one registration. Be in touch with me about numbers so I have enough lunch!

Here is the registration link 

I hope you will consider joining us!!


Connection 17


Thank you to all the adult leaders that brought youth to Connection 17 in Mt Pleasant last weekend! We had about 170 youth and adults gathered for worship, teen talks, workshops and a concert, as well as great food and fellowship! We had a great time.

We were grateful that Bishop Bard was able to come and join us for lunch as well as a group photo.


Managing Anxiety

In our Youth Worker Network session for September, we talked about anxiety. As adults hello-my-name-is-anxiety-1we deal with varying degrees of anxiety all the time. As Youth Workers, we see young people dealing with anxiety too. It’s a good thing to wrap our heads around.

We looked at a chapter in Brene Brown’s book “The Gifts of Imperfection”. In each chapter of this book, Brene Brown looks at something we need to cultivate and something we need to let go. In this chapter, she focuses on cultivating calm and stillness and letting go of anxiety as a lifestyle. I recommend the entire book o anyone that is looking to grow in their self awareness and balance in life. This chapter, in particular, encourages us to be aware of what lessens our anxieties.

What are the routines, people, structure or places that ease your anxiety? Meaning, what are the things you can do in your life to be best prepared for stressors that come your way? We talked in our group about what we can do to be ready for what comes our way.  Some people talked about morning routines – making the bed, clearing the counters before work, walking or running. Some people use a mediation app to slow their breathing down and find some calm. Brent Brown calls these our “foundations of calm” and they are different for everyone. Knowing what will help us mange the unpredictable anxiety of our day is key to staying less anxious.

Our anxiety levels cannot help but play into the tone we set in youth group. How are we bringing calm to that space? Many of our youth are stressed out or dealing with anxiety when they come into the room for youth group – how is our space and our program helping them manage that? It starts with leaders who are anxiety aware – we can create safe and calm space for our young people. This does not mean boring 🙂 We can still play crazy games and have a lot of fun. This is about the tone we set because of the balance we have created in our own life.

Feel free to share your thoughts!


Youth Worker Network


Our 2017 Youth Worker Network is wrapping up in October. Youth Worker Network 3.0 will start in January 2018 and meet once a month (not June or July) for 2018. I hope you will consider joining us!

This group allows youth workers to get out of their own buildings and meet other people committed to working with young people. We have speakers, read books, share ideas and encourage one another in this important work.

Registration for 2018 will be $300 per church, and a church can send as many people as they have working with youth. That covers lunch at every meeting, any books and supplies and and fees for speakers.

When registration opens for 2018, I will share it here.  Feel free to ask me any questions!

REACH Summit in Grand Rapids

REACH_Logo2All Youth Workers are encouraged to attend the REACH Summit this October 20-21 in Grand Rapids.  Everything  you need to know can be found at

Following the Summit, all are welcome to join the Youth Worker Network group, meeting once a month in 2018. This will be our third year offering the network and it has proven to be a good way to connect with other Youth Workers and learn more about youth ministry.