Top 10: You Might Be Getting Too Old for Youth Ministry? (*maybe)

People ask me, how to you know if you are getting to old for your youth ministry. Even in my most recent interviewing process, as churches discovered my age, there were questions.  So I figured I would update the list of 10 way to know if… YOU MIGHT BE GETTING TO OLD FOR YOUTH MINISTRY… […]

Top 10: “Santa Might Actually Be a Middle School Youth Pastor?”

10.  He Is At Least 2 Feet Taller Than Anybody He Works With? (hello- little 6th grader way down there.) 9. Tummy That Jiggles Like a “Bowl Full of Jelly”?  (more like a bowl full of pizza!?) 8.  Beard? (Hipster Beard?) 7. Is All Into Giving Away Stuff? (who wants a cool Free t-shirt or […]

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. […]

Last Minute SCARY Costumes for Youth Pastors?

10. An Old 15 Passenger Church Van (Packed for a Long Trip)  9.  An Angry or Offended Youth Group Parent  8.  A Middle School Boy Drinking a Monster (run away…run away)  7.  THE Youth Group Mean Girl (she scares me to DEATH!!)  6.  The Walking Dead… (I mean “Senior Ladies Easter Liturgical Dance Team”)  5.  A […]

Top 10: Youth Pastor (Leaders) In the Bible!

HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT IT?  ARE THERE YOUTH PASTORS/LEADERS IN THE BIBLE?  IS THE WHOLE IDEA OF ADULT LEADERS/PASTORS SPENDING INTENTIONAL TIME WITH TEENAGERS… YES, EVEN MIDDLE YEARS AGE KIDS SOMETHING NEW? NOPE, NOT AT ALL!    HERE ARE THE TOP TEN I CAN THINK OF…SERIOUSLY!  (*With just a little bit of fun, thrown […]

Top 10: “Other” Jobs That a Youth Pastor Does?

10. Psychologist/Psychiatrist (able to fix any mental disorder for any student in 15 minutes or less…guaranteed! ) 9. Custodian (responsible to clean anything, everything and all carpet stains around the building no matter if the youth group made it or not) 8. Bus Mechanic (can fix any bus with a roll of duct tape, chicken […]

Upfront Challenge: “Baked Bean Bubble Blow”

IT IS PRETTY MUCH WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE! A LOT OF BEANS, A LITTLE BIT OF BUBBLE GUM! A WHOLE LOT OF LAUGHS AND INSTAGRAM-ABLE OPPORTUNITIES!  Supplies: – 2 Extra Large Cans of Baked Beans – 2 Pie Pans/Bowls – 1 Bag of Chewing Gum – A Tarp or Drop Clothe Set Up: – Unwrap an equal […]

Top 10: Reasons You Should Clean Your Youth Ministry Closet?

IT IS A NEW YEAR!  IT IS TIME TO START CLEARING OUT THE CLUTTER OF YOUR LIFE, AND YOUR MINISTRY.  THAT MEANS YOUR YOUTH MINISTRY CLOSET TOO! HERE ARE 10 REASONS WHY?  10.  Expired Turkey and Peach Baby Food? 9.  The Resignation Letter From the Guy 2 Youth Pastors Ago? 8.  A Bag Full of […]

Top 10: Sunday Morning Worship Clappers?

10. THE SWINGER: Hands to the sides, then a quick swing forward into a clap, then back down to the side…and REPEAT! 9. THE TOY MONKEY:  Elbows slightly bent, hands directly in front of the chest, BIG Smile and clap, clap, clap! 8. THE STARBUCKS: Grande Latte in one hand, gentle tap on the lid in between […]