Video: “Gender Identity and the Bible (Mark Yarhouse)”

Recently, my church in the western suburbs of Chicago, not far from Wheaton College, as part of an ongoing series, invited Dr. Mark Yarhouse to speak to our church about “Gender Identity and the Bible”. Dr. Yarhouse is a well-known author and speaker on this matter, as well as doing much research and work in […]

Top 10: “Ways to Help Your Students Return to In-Person School”

10. Offer Students an Open Discussion Time to Talk, Before and After Their First Week.  9. Be Available Virtually and In-Person After-School.  8. Support Parents in the Process. 7. Teach a Late “Back to School” Lesson to Help Students Prepare to Return to In-Person Learning.  6. Offer a “Virtual” Study Hall for Students to Meet […]

“Why Are You Hitting Yourself?” (dealing with micromanagers & bullies)

We all know the time-honored phrase and what accompanies it, “Why are you hitting yourself?”  It is repeated by older siblings, classmates, and others as they grab our hand, overpower us, and beat us silly.   While it may not happen physically to us, as we get older and stronger, it still does sometimes happens […]

M2P Featured Post:”5 Communication Mistakes Leaders Make with Volunteers”

“As ministry leaders, most of us are paid communicators. Our churches and organizations give us the mic and turn up the volume when we have something to say. It is our job to be the upfront and loud person. For some reason, though, many leaders are just not very clear when it comes to communicating […]

PK Podcast Episode 3: “Moving”

The PK Podcast brought to you by MYM Resources.  A new podcast about being a PK (Pastor’s Kid), hosted by Dan Istvanik and Jenna Istvanik. In this episode, we talk about the big topic of “MOVING”.  A huge part of the life of being a Pastor’s Kid!   We have taken the show on the road…literally. […]

Top 10: Expectations for Your Ministry Volunteers

The school year is going to look different this year and so is the youth ministry year.  This does not mean however you shouldn’t have the same expectations you have always had for your volunteer team.  Yes, this may surprise a few people, but you do NEED to have some expectations (aka: “rules”) for your […]

A Leader OF Leaders OR A Leader WITH Leaders?

It was years ago, I sat on the other side of his desk.   I was new and it was just a few weeks into my new job.  I was excited because it was going to be my first time working in a church with another youth pastor on staff with me.  I had been additionally […]

Top 10: More Things ‘They’ Can’t Teach You About Youth Ministry?

10. How to be a part of a staff team.  9. How to lead a group of volunteers. 8. When it is time to move on from a ministry.  7. How to raise your children, so they love Christ, the church, and ministry.  6. How to find a circle of trusted friends outside of your […]

The Missing Hole in the Middle of Ministering to the Whole Student?

“He answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ “(Luke 10:27) We obviously work to minister to the spiritual side of our students. We even make efforts to build into their emotional and […]