Seven Things Women Want in Youth Ministry

This post originally appeared here: Being a woman in ministry can be difficult, especially if you are in a denomination that still doesn't fully support women in ministry.  That’s my story—I’ve been a Southern Baptist my whole (short) life, and I can’t imagine not being SBC, except for the fact that many churches won’t... Continue Reading →

3 Things To Do When Your Numbers Are Low

This post originally appeared at We all deal with it this time of year–our numbers are LOW. It usually happens around the holidays, but it can also happen during Spring Break, Summer vacation… or just a random Sunday.  What do you do when your group is down? Be creative. You know those fantastic ideas that wouldn’t... Continue Reading →

Distinguishing Youth Group from Other Groups

  This post originally appeared here: A recent profile was done by The Associated Press on the rise of “Atheist Mega Churches” in the United States. These churches look exactly like most church services do–there is singing, community, and an inspirational message. The only thing that makes them different is that the message doesn’t contain God. I must admit;... Continue Reading →

12 Last-Minute Youth Ministry Ideas for AUTUMN

This post originally appeared here: Subtitle: WHY FALL IS THE BEST TIME FOR STUDENT MINISTRY. ha! I LOVE the autumn season.  You would probably expect that from a female such as myself, because Fall = cardigans + scarves + PSL (pumpkin spice lattes). But Fall is also FULL of great opportunities for student ministry.  Here... Continue Reading →

Called…even in transition

This post originally appeared on : I resigned from my church a little over a year ago, on a conviction to move back to St. Louis and take care of some family matters.  It was tough.  I assumed that because God was calling me to do this, He would open up a church position for... Continue Reading →

This article isn’t about Miley (It’s about you, jerk!)

Okay, that was the name I came up with AFTER this was already published. I'm semi-glad I went with the first one ;) This article originally appeared at: In an interview with Sunday People, Miley Cyrus said, “I have so many f**king issues.  I am so f**ked up -– everyone does dumb stuff when they are... Continue Reading →

Cut the Crap: Get Transparent

  This article originally appeared on: When I went to the Simply Youth Ministry Conference in March, I was stoked.  One of the biggest blessings that I had was being able to meet so many people that I have networked with over the last three years in the blogosphere.  I had some really encouraging and... Continue Reading →

4 Easy Ways to Build Rapport with Your Senior Pastor

This article originally appeared on: As a part of YouthMin’s Leading Up series this month, I feel that one of the most important things that you can do to get your supervisor/senior pastor to be willing to learn from you, and in turn, be “led” by you, is to create a great rapport. Show them your life.... Continue Reading →

The Value of Student Activities in Youth Ministry

This article originally appeared here: One of the frustrations that I hear many youth ministers talk about is the fact that their students seem more concerned with extracurriculars than they are youth group or church. I hear things like: They don’t value God or the church because they miss youth group. They think football is... Continue Reading →

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