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

In honor of Mother’s Day, yesterday.  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 […]

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 […]

Race, Grace, and Place (A Personal Youth Ministry Story)

We sat quietly looking at our Sr. pastor, sitting across from us in our living room.    On the coffee table sat a stack of brand new Bibles and a neat stack of papers with a shortlist written on them.   It was late and he had just arrived at the church’s home that we were living […]

“Middle Years” Life Transitions: Understanding 5th-9th Graders

THE MIDDLE YEARS (5th-9th grade, Ages 10-14) IS A HUGE TIME OF LIFE TRANSITION.  IT MIGHT EVER BE ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT TIMES IN A PERSON’S LIFE!   DO YOU KNOW AND UNDERSTAND THAT TRANSITION THAT IS HAPPENING IN THE LIFES OF THESE STUDENTS?   HERE ARE AT LEAST TEN OF THE LIFE TRANSITIONS THAT ARE […]

“Don’t Walk This Tightrope Alone?” (The Nets of Youth Ministry)

Would you ever venture out on a tightrope without a safety net below? If you would, you are a braver person than me! I like my safety nets and for that fact my legs and face intact!    Isn’t that sort of what we do in youth ministry.  We put ourselves on a tight rope, up high in […]

Top 10: “Discipleship Is and Is Not….”

10. Discipleship IS Small Groups. It is NOT Cliques. 9. Discipleship IS faith involvement. It is NOT faith information. 8. Discipleship IS a guide on the side. It is NOT a sage on the stage. 7. Discipleship IS an invitation to come and see. It is NOT an invitation to look at me. 6. Discipleship […]

Top 10: Things We “Settle For” in Youth Ministry?

10. Mid-90’s 15-Passenger Van as Your Ministry Transportation. 9. $5 Little Caesar’s Pizzas as the Meal for Every Event. 8. The Smallest Staff Office (*cough: closet) 7. Only Being Allowed to Speak on Holiday Weekends? 6. Outdated, Garage Sale Couches as Youth Room Furniture. 5. Hand-Me-Down Sound Equipment and Tech from Adult Ministry. 4. Sleeping […]

The Twelve Disciples in YOUR Youth Group?

12. Philip, The student that is excited to invite others to the youth group. 11. Simon, The Zealot. The student that is always trying to debate politics and issues. 10. James, the Other One. The one student that is faithfully there every week but doesn’t say a whole lot. They are there but no one […]

Beware of the Power of ‘Personality Cults’

Our social media feed is filling up again with a fresh batch of failed leaders and failed churches. Big named people at big-name churches.  Less-known names in lesser-known churches, that have had unbelievable overnight success.  Popular magazines and websites create lists of the biggest of the big names and the fastest of the lesser-known names. […]