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 […]

Ten Quick Real-Life, In-the-Trenches Youth Ministry Hints

10. Never Buy More than a Couple Extra T-shirts Than You Have Kids and Leaders. (the leftovers will haunt you for years) 9. Never Pre-Buy Tickets for Events, Before You Know Who is Going. (you will lose money every time, pre-sign up & pre-pay always) 8.  Always Bring a Fully Stocked First Aid Kit with You. […]

Top 10: Youth Ministry “Sacred Cows”?

10. We still feed kids junk food, even though we know it’s bad for them—Our body is the “Temple of the Holy Spirit,” except at youth events. 9. The churches that worry more about the Jones memorial carpet, couch, or…. The youth room pipe organ, than students.- The one thing that Grandma Jones left behind […]

The Twelve Disciples in YOUR Youth Group?

12. Philip, The student that is excited to invite others to the youth group. 11. Simon, The Zealot. The student that is always trying to debate politics and issues. 10. James, the Other One. The one student that is faithfully there every week but doesn’t say a whole lot. They are there but no one […]

“Three Lesson from ‘Over the Hill’ Youth Ministry”

Yesterday I celebrated my 46th birthday, and in November I celebrated my 26th year of youth ministry.  I am now into my 27th year of youth ministry, 23 years of full-time, on-staff church youth ministry.  Here are just three lessons I have learned from being “over the hill”. There is a growing trend among youth […]

Top 10: “Rockstar Ways to End Your Lesson?”

I don’t know about you but I am always trying to find a way to “land the plane” at the end of my lesson? Do I go emotional, quiet, or loud?  Do leave it off with a little something to come back for next week?   Then I read a great post by John Cooper, […]

Top 10: Ways You Might Be Losing Respect as a Youth Leader?

10. Your Pants.  Put some on! The cut-off jean shorts or your baggy basketball shorts were just not the right pick for doing grandma Jone’s funeral last week. 9. Your Car. Your students think ithe tinted windows and low riding is cool but your Sr. Pastor gets kind of nervous every time you say, “You got caught […]

Top 10: More Things ‘They’ Can’t Teach You About Youth Ministry?

10. How to be a part of a staff team.  9. How to lead a group of volunteers. 8. When it is time to move on from a ministry.  7. How to raise your children, so they love Christ, the church, and ministry.  6. How to find a circle of trusted friends outside of your […]