D6: Reaching and Equipping Disengaged Parents

ParentsToday was my last day at The D6 Conference in Louisville, KY. It’s been a great experience and I have enjoyed meeting some incredible people from all over the country. D6 is a fabulous conference full of inspiring and challenging general sessions, along with some highly practical and essential breakouts. I was privileged to lead a breakout titled: Reaching and Equipping Disengaged Parents. 


To get a copy of the outline, please contact Phil Bell by clicking here.

If you were at D6, I hope you had an incredible conference! I did!

Phil <><

3 Reasons Why I Loved SYMC 2013

If you followed me over the weekend you could not escape the fact that I was at The Simply Youth Ministry Conference! If you have been reading this blog for a while, you know I am huge fan of the conference and also part of the IT3 Team, (The ‘In the Trenches’ Team who helped to design and pull of the conference).SYMC 2014

Here are 3 reasons from this years conference as to why I am deeply committed to going as a participant, as well as being invested in creating the conference with other youth workers: Read more

HOTEL HOTEL 2 [OFFICIAL] Hilarious Video from SYMC 2013

Thanks for Josh Griffin over at morethandodgeball.com – Saw this last night at SYMC. Brilliant and hilarious. All shot at the J.W Marriott where we are staying… It’s a nice hotel!


Be Sick Be Loved: John Acuff – SYMC 2013

This was a great session with the Jordan Howerton Band and Jon Acuff! Here are some of my notes from Acuff’s message:

How do we be stronger and truly allow God to make us stronger… We find a new orientation to who we are first. 

1. Start before we are ready. Fear will often stop us from feeling like we are ready for ministry… We sometimes feel too old or young… There’s always something we are not ready for and always a fear that we have about our next step in ministry… But, if we really believe God’s strength that becomes our strength, we will be ready… It’s not about our strength.

Even Jon Acuff admits he gets to to do stuff he is not ready for…

“I get to do stuff I am not ready for… BUT, we’ll never step into something God is not ready for.” Read more

REPOST: How to Answers Teenagers Toughest Questions – SYMC 2013

Answers to Teenagers 50 Toughest QuestionsToday at the Simply Youth Ministry Conference I am leading a peer panel on how to answer teenagers toughest questions. Here are some guidelines and ideas I am providing for people in the peer panel. They might also be useful to you too?

When answering teenagers questions here few things to consider: 

YOU DON’T NEED TO KNOW IT ALL: It’s OK to admit to students that you need time to research or pray through an answer. Students don’t expect you to know everything, so don’t expect this for yourself!

EXPECT QUESTIONS FROM TEENAGERS! This is the time in their lives when they reconstructing and putting together a whole new world in their brains. Students are beginning to think abstractly and see things in a whole new way… Questions are your friend since they can become the pathway to students processing and eventually owning the truth. Questioning is not a bad thing, it’s part of their brain development! We have an incredible opportunity to come alongside them as they deal with some of their greatest felt needs… So, expect and embrace questions!

WHAT BIBLICAL TRUTH CAN YOU DRAW FROM? Students are getting enough poor information from search engines and well intentioned friends. God’s Truth is the best starting point we can give them…

WHAT OUTSIDE ISSUE COULD BE IMPACTING YOUR STUDENT? In other words, what is the context? Understanding the context is often the doorway into finding out their specific issue or need. Context will allow us to tailor a better answer with them…

WHO NEEDS TO BE INVOLVED IN THE QUESTION? If you are volunteer, have you spoken to your youth pastor or pastor? Do the parents need to know? Do you need to report this to an official? Or, are there ‘experts’ in your church who can help you with a particular question?

BECOME AN EXPERT IN RESOURCES: You might not know all the answers, but you should work hard to know where to find them.  There are many youth ministry resource companies who can help you.

GET THEM TO PROCESS THROUGH THE ANSWER:  Give them some of the “work” and help them own the answer more effectively. When students go through a process of digging for the answer, it will more likely stick with them. When we can get them to do the work and begin to verbalize what they are learning, they are more likely to own what they have learned. A messy journey alongside a student as we help them discover and process an answer is far better than a well-crafted answer from you and I.

What would you add to this list? What tip is the most helpful one for you? 

Phil <><

What Greg Stier Can Teach You About Prayer: SYMC 2013

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What a great start to SYMC with General Session 1! The theme ‘stronger’ was threaded through every element of the general session. It was so refreshing to see a concerted effort to create a theme that is designed to invest in youth workers, so they can in turn invest in their students. Tonight the Dare2Share guy, Greg Stier didn’t talk to us about evangelism as we might have expected, instead he challenged us to become stronger in prayer:

Awkward is Awesome

Tonight Greg not only helped us get back to basics with how to prayer and why to pray, he also led us to pray with and for each other. But, his specific instruction was to pray with someone we did not know… His comment about this, was “awkward is awesome.” If you are like me, it is truly awkward praying with someone I don’t know… But Greg was right… awkward is awesome.

Here are two things (one for my ministry, and one for myself), that stood out tonight.  Read more

Looking Ahead To SYMC 2013 – How To Make The Most Of The Conference.

I am super excited that I get to attend The Simply Youth Ministry Conference in Indianapolis this coming weekend. It comes at a good time for me, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to be refreshed, grow, and reconnect with many youth ministry friends. If you are coming to the conference, we would love to connect with you. Leneita, Darren, and myself will be there. Just check out the contributors page to see what our mugs look like.  In the meantime, here are 4 simple but essential ways you can make the most of the conference. SYMC 2013 Read more

Inside The Teenage Brain Webinar With Mark Oestreicher

Our friends at ParentMinistry.net are putting together another brilliant webinar! Let Mark Oestreicher take you “Inside the Teenage Brain” on February 26 at 2pm (central) FREE WEBINAR- (register here)

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WINNER of Simply Youth Ministry Conference Announced!

Thank you to everyone for the kind wishes on the birth of my son! It was great to see so many tweets, shares, likes, and comments for this giveaway! I just love this conference and I hope that if you did not win, you can still go!!! Go ahead and contact my good friend Matty McCage at (615) 349-7111. Tell him Phil Bell sent you and he will take good care of you!

THE WINNER: Bryan Drum. 

I have done some digging and found that he is a 10 year plus Youth Minister at Midway Christian Church in Winder, GA.

Congrats Bryan! I will be in touch with you soon and give you details of how you can claim your giveaway!

Phil <><

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