This is “A Way” to Lead Your Youth Ministry

We lead people. That is what we do. More often than not, the term “pastor”  in our leadership role in youth ministry is interchangeable with words such as “leader”, “director” or even “coordinator”. In fact, that might be the title that is on your door or card.  We directstudents, volunteers and our paid staff. We […]

Mother’s Day Game: “Famous Mothers” (DYM Screen Game)

JUST IN TIME FOR MOTHER’S DAY IN A FEW WEEKS, COMES THE SEQUEL TO OUR POPULAR “FAMOUS FATHER’S GAME”. CREATED FOR OUR PARTNERS IN MINISTRY AT DOWNLOAD YOUTH MINISTRY!  “Do your students know who these children’s famous mothers are? They’ll have to look hard to see if they can identify the resemblance of these kids […]

Top 10: You Might Be Getting Too Old for Youth Ministry? (*maybe)

People ask me, how to you know if you are getting to old for your youth ministry. Even in my most recent interviewing process, as churches discovered my age, there were questions.  So I figured I would update the list of 10 way to know if… YOU MIGHT BE GETTING TO OLD FOR YOUTH MINISTRY… […]

Hints/Helps: Avoiding Youth Ministry Burnout!

Years ago, as a young youth pastor in my early 20s, I remember saying pridefully to an older pastor-“I would rather burn out than being blown out”.  He was trying to encourage me to stop working longer and longer hours, but I would not listen.  I was a dangerous combination of young and energetic meets unorganized […]

Top 10: Youth Ministry Survival Tips (for Beginners….and Vets)

10. Never Fall Asleep During a Lock-In/Overnight Event. (do you like your eyebrows?) 9.  Eat A Healthy Breakfast Every Morning. (skittles and a 24 oz Monster does not count) 8. If Attacked by a Group of Upset Middle School Girls, Curl Up on the Ground and Play Dead.  (If you can’t react fast enough just throw out Starbucks cards and […]