Top 10: Ways To Include Your Spouse in Your Ministry!?

My wife is super involved in what I do in youth ministry, and always has been in various ways, depending on our season of ministry.   We will soon be celebrating 20 years of marriage but 22 years of doing ministry together.  I am blessed that she is as called to youth ministry as I […]

REAL Top 10: Ways to Save Your Marriage AND Your Ministry

10. Stay Faithfulness- Don’t be checking out other people’s… 9. Have Fun- Enjoy and learn to laugh. Learn to laugh at yourself. 8. Be a Planner- Make plans and stick with them, what you say you will do…do! 7. Just Relax- Take and find time to relax, catch a breath, and just chill out. 6. […]

Top 10: “REAL Youth Group Prayer Requests”

PRAYER IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF YOUTH MINISTRY.  WE NEED TO TEACH STUDENTS TO PRAY, OFTEN HOWEVER WHEN WE ASK FOR PRAYER REQUESTS, WE MIGHT GET SOME INTERESTING REQUESTS… ESPECIALLY FROM OUR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS!   HERE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE THE REAL MIDDLE SCHOOL ONES I HAVE HEARD OVER THE YEARS.  10. My lizard […]

Top 10: There is Always That One Student…

THERE IS ALWAYS ONE STUDENT…. 10.  …that is waiting for a ride home 30 minutes after the event ends. 9.  …crying halfway through the middle school lock-in (*boy-getting hurt or girl- drama).  8. …. that read one book, one time, and now know all there is to know about a topic! 7. …. that is […]

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: Ways That Senior Saints and Youth Group Students are the SAME?!

10. Forgetful, easily distracted, and often wander off for no apparent reason?  9. Groups of “Catty” gossiping females?   8. Clothes that look like it belongs in a thrift store?  7. Words, lingo & jokes no one else get?  6. Just want to hang out and talk in their cliques, and get annoyed by the […]

Top 10: Do You Remember When… (Youth Ministry Edition)

10. …You could play an upfront game using peanut butter and no one died? 9.  … You could serve soda and chips as a snack instead of celery sticks, saltines and water? 8.  …. You played dodgeball with over-inflated playground balls or under-inflated volleyballs? 7.  …. Taking a couple of your students out for ice […]

Top 10: Scary Halloween Costumes for Youth Pastors?

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING SCARY TO WEAR THIS HALLOWEEN TO SCARE FELLOW YOUTH PASTORS?  HERE ARE 10 OF SCARIEST WAYS YOU COULD DRESS UP…  10. An Old 15 Passenger Church Van (Packed for a Long Trip)  9.  An Angry or Offended Youth Group Parent (#Triggered!)  8.  A Middle School Boy Drinking a Monster (run away…run away)  […]