Beware of Ministry Pied Pipers

As the legend goes, the little town of Hamelin was overrun with rats.  Tried as they could the town could not get rid of the rats, then came a pied piper, a man dressed in fun colorful clothes and playing beautiful music.  He claimed he could rid the town of their problem for a rather […]

Top 10: The Heartaches of a Youth Pastor

10. Seeing A Key Leadership Student, Turn Away from God and Church.  9.  Trying to Give Comfort to a Student Feeling Like it Somehow Their Fault Their Parent’s Marriage Is Falling Apart. 8. Hearing the Story of A Student, Finally Revealing the Hidden Abuse That is Going on At Home.  7. Being Criticized for Decisions, […]

Top 10: Worst Reasons For Doing Youth Ministry the Way You are Doing It?

10.  It is what my own youth group did when I was in youth group? 9.  It is what the church has always done?  8.  I just don’t feel like being creative? 7.  It is the easiest way?  6.  It is all I know?  5.  It is what I read in a book or heard […]

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 […]

A Leader OF Leaders OR A Leader WITH Leaders?

It was years ago, I sat on the other side of his desk.   I was new and it was just a few weeks into my new job.  I was excited because it was going to be my first time working in a church with another youth pastor on staff with me.  I had been additionally […]

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 […]

“6 Proactive Tips for Middle School Ministry” (Kellen Roggenbuck)

I learned quickly when I started in middle school ministry that disruptions were par for the course.  Outbursts, fidgeting, non-sequiturs, and awkward smells were a normality.  It was like the moment we got into a groove with a lesson, someone would yell something, another would ask an unrelated question and through it all, the entire […]

Top 10: “Things You Don’t Want to Hear…YOUR WORSHIP PASTOR SAY!?”

We’ve heard from the custodian, our wife, and even our senior pastor!  This week we are going to find out what TEN things you DON’T want to hear your Worship Pastor Say!?  10. And Now… Our Kazoo Ensemble.  9. What Are Your Thoughts on the Polka? 8. I am Think About Starting a Gregorian Chant Team! 7.  The Choir […]

Top 10: Things You DO NOT What to Hear Your Custodian Say…

Dedicated to our hard-working staff of custodians around our churches, that put up with us and our students.  They are the unsung heroes of youth ministry.   I have actually had some of our maintenance staff as small group leaders, over the years. A super-smart move on a bunch of levels (*free hint!!)  10.  I was thinking […]

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 […]