Ten Quick Real-Life, In-the-Trenches Youth Ministry Hints

10. Never Buy More than a Couple Extra T-shirts Than You Have Kids and Leaders. (the leftovers will haunt you for years) 9. Never Pre-Buy Tickets for Events, Before You Know Who is Going. (you will lose money every time, pre-sign up & pre-pay always) 8.  Always Bring a Fully Stocked First Aid Kit with You. […]

Hints/Help: “Make EVERY Youth Ministry Night Special”

Tired of the weekly question from your parents and students- “Is there anything special happening this week?” Now you can answer honestly…” EVERY WEEK IS SPECIAL!!” by actually making every week special, unique and fun. It is really not that hard or expensive.  Below are all REAL “in-the-trenches” Youth Ministry Nights I have done or I am doing! Here […]

An Uncool Calling to Youth Ministry

I recently read the Instagram post from Skillet frontman, John Copper, called “Make Pastors Uncool Again”. In it, he addresses the continual trend of cool and hip pastors that acts more like rockstars than pastors… “..promotes himself, builds his brand, and entertains people..”   This continues to be true for so many pastors in general, but […]

Jr. High Curriculum Highlight: “Stampede” (Leader Treks)

ONE-YEAR CURRICULUM FOR JUNIOR HIGH STUDENTS THAT GROWS SPIRITUAL MATURITY BY DIGGING INTO WHAT GOD HAS SAID THROUGH HIS WORD. 48 COMPLETELY DOWNLOADABLE AND EASY-TO-USE LESSONS. INCLUDES STUDENT SERVICE OPPORTUNITY IDEAS, PARENT RESOURCES, AND MEDIA. WHAT IS HERD JUNIOR HIGH? Junior high students are a unique brand of human, so they need a unique brand […]

Hitting a “Home Run” Lesson Every Week

The conversation would be similar each week as I walked through the plan for that night and it would always end the same before I left the office. I would be asked about my lesson. Each time I would hear the same thing… “Is it a home run, a triple, a double, or a single? […]

Top 10: “Other December Holidays to Celebrate with Your Students”

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT TO CELEBRATE WITH YOUR STUDENTS DURING THE MONTH OF DECEMBER!?  WANT TO CHANGE IT UP A BIT OR LOOKING FOR A THEME FOR FOOD, GAMES, OR EVEN A LESSON?  CONSIDER THESE HILARIOUS HOLIDAYS FOR DECEMBER  10: Dec. 5th: Day of the Ninja  9: Dec. 7th: National Cotton Candy Day 8. Dec. […]

Holiday/Black Friday Deal: THREE FREE GAMES

TO THANK EVERYONE FOR ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT OVER THE LAST COUPLE MONTHS OF THIS SITE, AS I WENT THROUGH A DIFFICULT SEASON TRANSITIONING OUT OF MY CHURCH INTO A NEW CHURCH AFTER A “LAY-OFF” DUE TO COVID. I  WANT TO OFFER YOU UP A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU! HERE ARE THREE FREE GAMES ON US! […]

Are You Cheating? (An Emotional Affair WITH Your Ministry)

An emotional affair is defined as, “A relationship, which excludes physical intimacy but includes emotional intimacy. A relationship…. other than with ones’ spouse that has an impact on the level of intimacy, emotional distance and overall dynamic balance in the marriage.” Does that sound at all familiar to you? How about if I was not […]

Top 10: Worst Reasons For Doing Youth Ministry the Way You are Doing It?

10.  It is what my own youth group did when I was in youth group? 9.  It is what the church has always done?  8.  I just don’t feel like being creative? 7.  It is the easiest way?  6.  It is all I know?  5.  It is what I read in a book or heard […]