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 […]

Top 10: Youth Ministry Leadership Fails!

10. Surround yourself only with people just like you? 9. Creating a team of people who are afraid to disagree with you? 8. Making a team up of only people of one age and one generation? 7. Not having regularly schedule meetings? 6.  Allowing personal preferences to rule over Biblical truth? 5.  Never doing trainings […]

“Ten Things Personally Holding Your Ministry Back?”

What is keeping your ministry back?  What are things that might be keep you and your ministry from God’s best and blessing?  Here are 10 Things That Are Personally Holding Your Ministry Back….  10. Your Personal Pride (Prov. 16:18) 9. Your Personal Insecurities (Phil. 4:6-9) 8. Your Personal Purity (Titus 1:15) 7. Your Personal Preferences (John 3:30) […]

Top 10: “Pastor Appreciation Month…FAILS!”

I LOVE MY CHURCHES.  OVER THE YEARS, THEY HAVE ALWAYS BEEN SO INCREDIBLY GRACIOUS AND KIND TO ME AND MY FAMILY, ALL YEAR AROUND BUT ESPECIALLY DURING OCTOBER! I AM HOWEVER CONTINUED TO BE AMAZING…AND SOMETIMES AMUSED (sorry for your pain) BY SOME OF THE STORIES I HEAR FROM OTHER PASTORS DURING “PASTORS APPRECIATION MONTH’ […]

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 TEN I CAN THINK OF…SERIOUSLY!  (*With just a little bit of fun, thrown in.)   […]