Ten Reason Why Key Leaders of Ministries Fail

I grew up in a pastor’s home. Some of my best friends growing up with were pastor’s kids. We would go to ministry conferences as a family growing, so I was able to quietly observed ministry leaders from behind the curtain.    I attended a private Christian school and was part of the youth ministry […]

“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 […]

Game of the Week: “Name That Gargle” (upfront/team challenge)

Another Classic, That Has Been Reborn with the Return of “Name That Tune!” , Hosted by Jane Krakowski & Randy Jackson on Fox!   We Also Brought It Back This Christmas During our December In-person COVID Shutdown.  We Made It Part of the Our Christmas Face-offs on our YouTube Live Show!  We Did It Using […]

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 […]

Hitting a “Home Run” Lesson Every Week

The conversation would be similar each week as I walked through the plan for that night and it would always end the same before I left the office. I would be asked about my lesson. Each time I would hear the same thing… “Is it a home run, a triple, a double, or a single? […]

Top 10: Your Youth Pastor is SO Out of Touch…

10. They Think Instagram is Putting Your Grandma On Speed Dial? 9. They Think Snapchat is when they Snap Their Fingers at You When You are Talking During Their Lesson? 8.  They Got a TikTok Account to Post Videos of Their Watch & the Times When Youth Group is Meeting?  7. They went to Starbucks […]

Building Blocks of Constructive Teaching

We all want the things we are teaching to last longer than the back door of our youth room. We teach lessons that need to last and become foundations for life. In order for us to do that, we must create youth ministry environments and lessons that give students the building blocks to construct for themselves […]

Ten Youth Ministry Lessons from the DMV

My wife and I recently moved to a new area and ministry.  Last weekend we decided to change over our driver’s licenses to the new state going from Pennsylvania to Illinois.   We swung back the Panera to grab some breakfast and arrived at 7:30 am to quickly go through the process.  Knowing how DMV’s […]

“So You Want to Get Other Churches to Your Event?” (Jonny Radcliff)

You and your favorite youth leader have a historic epiphany around 10:30 pm while cleaning up aftergroup late one night. In the midst of the glow-in-the-dark slime, shattered glass, and confetti caked onto the wall, you both lock eyes and realize one thing: THIS WOULD BE AN AMAZING EVENT. The next day you jump into […]

Running The Race Together (Why My Wife is Involved in My Ministry)

Her Talents are not my Talents. I am not being sexist, your wife does things better than you do. She is going to have natural abilities and gifts that you don’t have, that is why God has brought her into your life. She “completes you” or I hope so?  She is my BFF.  Ministry is […]