This article originally appeared here: http://youthmin.org/youth-group-vs-school-activities/ 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 →
In May, I posted this post that explains a little bit of what I have been wrestling with, in regards to how we talk to our teenagers about sex, specifically teenage girls. We have played the shame game for long enough, and I want to redirect youth ministry to a more loving and honest approach... Continue Reading →
I started reading Fahrenheit 451 last week, and I ran across this quote and had to laugh: Teenagers: They're peculiar, aggravating, yet easy to forgive. They're so much more, too--they're creative, ambitious, crazy, sassy, yet more intelligent than adults are sometimes. I love it. What are teenagers to you?
HEYOOO!I would love to tell you about a NEW RESOURCE for STUDENT MINISTRY!I can't tell you how many times people in our YouthMin.Org private Facebook Community post the day of youth group, "Hey, does anybody have a video for ______?"I usually hit up Google and give half-serious, half-kidding, but all-terrible videos for them. I can't blame... Continue Reading →
Today I had the privilege of hosting a hangout with Elle Campbell, Neely McQueen, and Bekah Miller! Go watch and interact. I'm telling you, these women make me look like a genius for having them on this Roundtable! These ladies are L.E.G.I.T.
This is a shoutout to all my friends over at YouthPastorDiet.Com, and all youth pastors everywhere who are struggling with their goals for weight...and their ministry. I have struggled with my weight all my life: I'm pretty sure I came out of the womb with a pear shape. In January, I decided that I wanted... Continue Reading →
This post originally appeared here: http://www.youthmin.org/5-reasons-your-ministry-needs-women-leaders/ Your youth ministry needs women leaders. Before we start arguing the theology of women in ministry, I want you to hear me out: The purpose of this post is not to advocate for ordained women, or women pastors, or to argue the Pauline view of women. The purpose of this... Continue Reading →
My latest article is on what I would redo in my first year of ministry if given the chance..... and truthfully, what I struggle with each and every day of my life. I see a lot of youth workers within the YouthMin.Org Facebook Community struggling with this, and it has caused me to get... Continue Reading →
Teenagers do well if they want to. This is a "fact;" there have been many resources trying to help parents, leaders, and youth workers get their teenagers to be less apathetic. I've read some of these, and agree that apathy is certainly a problem. So, we spend week after week at the pulpits trying to inspire... Continue Reading →
Either we're too prideful, or we constantly put ourselves down. Read my newest article about how to find the balance: http://www.youthmin.org/building-a-healthy-ministry-esteem/