Make a 15 minute “date” with your student this week. Set aside 15 minutes just to do something with your student they like to do. Even better if it's something your student knows you don't particularly enjoy doing yourself!
Take your student (or students) out with the idea of finding out how they are doing. Let them pick their favorite place. Avoid asking “yes” or “no” questions. Instead ask questions that get them talking. Instead of, “How’s your friend?” ask “Tell me one thing [...]
This week, do something with your student that is a favorite activity. If not make them their favorite meal. Use this time to talk about all of your student's “favorites.” When is the last time you told each other your favorite song, food, movie, etc.
Sometimes it is hard to sit and “talk” face to face. Using a notebook spend five minutes every morning writing a short note to your student about why you love them and what you are proud of them for. Put the notebook in their room [...]
Stand in front of a mirror with your student for 30 seconds. (Longer may make them uncomfortable.) Tell them all the wonderful things you see staring back at you.
I am thrilled to let the Horizon Community Church family know that we have added a new youth pastor to the current team at our Tualatin campus. Elliot Otteson has great experience, having worked as an intern with Solid Rock Church and most recently at [...]
If you are middle school, high school or college age, this camp is for you! Horizon's Summer Camp 2015 begins this Sunday, August 16. It will be an unbelievable time of worship, praise, and powerful preaching from Donnie Moore and his Radical Reality team and I believe a [...]
Good morning! I hope this series is helping you parent better in this messy world. Today we are jumping into part 5 of the series. This is the second to last post about Parenting in a Messy World. If you missed part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, [...]
Graduation season is fast approaching. I don't need to tell graduating seniors that, they've been counting down the days since at least Spring Break. Parent's emotions have been increasingly mixed and dramatic as the date approaches. A few things are certain, "Pomp and Circumstance" will [...]
At the Orange Conference last year, I learned that kids have 936 weeks from birth until they graduate. This is illustrated by a jar full of marbles, one for each week until they theoretically leave home and our care. Because when you count the weeks [...]