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 […]

Hint/Help: Youth Ministry Lesson “Take-A-Longs”: Making Your Lessons Last

Everything is mobile and portable in our world, why not your lesson? We all want our lessons to be remembered. We always say things like “take this with you this week”. I know I am always looking for ways to make the ideas and lesson topics stick with our students. Why not create what we […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Game of the Week: “Test Your Luck” (St. Patrick’s Day Game)

Good Luck, because you and your students are going to need it for this St. Patrick’s Day Quiz.  A challenging trivia quiz to see how much everyone REALLY knows about this Magically Delicious holiday!?  Grab your shamrocks and a friend as you “TEST YOUR LUCK!” A 10 Question Trivia Game, with 1 Bonus Tiebreaker! Includes: […]

Free Mario Brothers-Themed Lesson: “Level Up”

Here is a quick FREEBIE lesson called “Level Up” just in time for Tomorrow’s Hilarious Holiday, National Mario Day! It is a lesson I taught last week at a local Christian school chapel.  The lesson is based on Romans 15:13 and the theme of “Hope”.  It is a quick exposition of the passage based on […]

Game of the Week: “Mascot Madness” (Food Edition)

Do you know Captian Crunch’s REAL Name?  What about the Lucky Charms guy? In this version of Mascot Madness, take a walk down the grocery aisle and get to know who is really looking at you from the off the shelf! A 10 Question Trivia Game, with 1 Bonus Tiebreaker! Includes: – 2 Powerpoint Presentations […]

“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 […]