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 […]

Top 10: Things That New Youth Workers Need to Learn.

10. Learn that “it” will get better…no matter what  “it” is or what is going on…trust me! 9. Learn To Laugh..you are going to make mistakes, thing are going to happen sometimes you just have to see the humor in life and ministry! 8. Learn to say “No!”, it will come in handy in A […]

Hint/Help: “There is a New Sheriff in Town!?” (Starting Well in a New Ministry)

You know the scene.  The outlaw in the black hat walking down the dusty street, then out steps the guy in the white hat. He announces, “I am the new sheriff in town”, with his hand resting on the handle of his six-shooter. It is a scene that plays in my head when I step […]

Engaging Middle School Students in Small Groups

She was awkwardly staring me down, like only a middle school girl with a little too much attitude could. We had dismissed into small groups a while ago. I had asked her a simple question, “Why aren’t you in your small group?” She rolled her eyes, explaining she didn’t want to go to small group […]

Hint/Help: “Be Focal, Buy Local”

Let’s be real, we spend money, whether we are the big church in town or small fry around the corner we are spending our church’s (*God’s money) or the parents of our ministry’s money.   Why not be more “Focal” in our spending by buying “Local”? Whether it is the next graphic order for yet another […]

Top 10: Christ-Centered Youth Ministry or Student-Center Youth Ministry

Like many homes where adults choose to make the children the center of attention and decision making, there are ALSO many youth ministries and churches that are doing the SAME thing.   Like homes that are consumed with making sure children are not bored or unhappy, we as youth ministries may also be unknowingly doing the […]

Top 10: Ways To Include Your Spouse in Your Ministry!?

My wife is super involved in what I do in youth ministry, and always has been in various ways, depending on our season of ministry.   We will soon be celebrating 20 years of marriage but 22 years of doing ministry together.  I am blessed that she is as called to youth ministry as I […]

Top 10: “Mama Always Said…” (youth ministry lessons?)

In honor of Mother’s Day, Here is a Special Top 10 List Dedicated to Moms and the Things They Teach Us… EVEN ABOUT YOUTH MINISTRY!?  10. Share Your Toys!- If you have a great idea or great resource share it with other people in youth ministry! 9. Clean Out Your Ears!- Stop talking sometimes and […]

Top 10: Things That MIGHT Have to Change in Youth Ministry After the Quarantine?

10. How We Do Food? We MIGHT have to rethink big bowls of snacks, where students stick their dirty hands in to grab a handful of chips.  We may even have to think about how we serve pizza and other items.  Most importantly, we MIGHT need to put some food safety & health guidelines, similar […]

“Welcome To Our House: Engaging Gen Z”

The shift has finally happened.  It has taken the church and youth ministry 10+ years to catch up to what the world, marketing, and research has been talking about, Generation Z.  This is a marked improvement to the previous turnaround time for the church when it came to Generation X and Millennials.  Thanks, in great part to […]