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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Taught vs. Caught

“What are you teaching, this week?” It is the question that students, parents and others ask us so very often. We study, plan and prepare getting ready for that moment when we stand up in front of our students and begin to speak. We are paid to communicate the greatest truths imaginable. We have the […]

News U Can Use: “13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Do”

A Re-Post of a Classic “News U Can Use”, a Perfect Re-Read for Our Current “Stay-at-Home” Time with Families in Your Ministry!  Raising mentally strong kids who are equipped to take on real-world challenges requires parents to give up the unhealthy — yet popular — parenting practices that are robbing kids of mental strength. Of […]

Hint/Help: “Signs for Life: Finding God’s Will”

Do you ever have THAT moment?  You know the one, where you are driving down the road and you are completely lost.  You are desperately looking for a sign, any sign. Something to tell you what is coming up next and also some hint of where you are. I don’t know about you but I […]

60 Second Hints: Ways Keep Yourself & Your Ministry Culturally Relevant

Here is your 60 seconds to a more culturally relevent ministry and to keep yourself at least aware of popular culture, remembering that every area, group, and church is it’s own sub-culture . What is “in”, current and relevant nationally or other places may not necessarily always be what is current in your context, so […]

60 Second Hint: “Every Church is a Sub-Culture”

A NEW FEATURE…”60 SECOND HINT” TO HELP YOU TO A BETTER MINISTRY AND MAYBE LIFE? Each Church Is Its Own Sub-Culture…Every church has it’s own traditions, words, rules, and personality. Take the time when you arrive at a church to ask questions, learn and don’t just assume things. Churches like other countries and even families […]