Austin Walker

Embracing the New Normal

September 24, 2014     Austin Walker    

Carey Nieuwhof is a name many of you might recognize. If you don’t recognize his name, check out his new leadership podcast, it’s great! In his first episode, Andy Stanley makes a statement that kind of shook my existing paradigm as it relates to student ministry. “A regular church attender is someone who goes to church about 12 times a year, not every week…as we looked at our children’s attendance patterns, the…    read more 

How to be better prepared for meetings

May 21, 2014     Austin Walker    

Surely I’m not the only one who’s been here. It’s Thursday morning, you’re in that morning-after-youth-group stupor, and you’re meeting a parent for breakfast at 6:45. You get ready, brush your teeth, grab your keys, and then think, “Oh man…where do they work?” Or maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who gets to go grab coffee with another youth worker in your town. As you leave your office, you realize you…    read more 

The Gospel Conclusion and Implications

November 25, 2013     Austin Walker    

This is Part 5 of a series on Gospel and Students. Here’s a rundown of where we’ve been so far! Part 1 – The Hole In My Ministry.  This post looks at how our students respond to questions and how this exposes their grasp (or lack thereof) of the Gospel. Part 2 – Why The Gospel?  In part 2, we look at two reasons we as humanity need the Gospel.  We seem…    read more 

The Gospel and Youth Ministry | Part 4

October 22, 2013     Austin Walker    

Here’s a rundown of where we’ve been so far! Part 1 – The Gap In My Ministry.  This post looks at how our students respond to questions and how this exposes their grasp (or lack thereof) of the Gospel. Part 2 – Why The Gospel?  In part 2, we look at two reasons we as humanity need the Gospel.  We seem to be all about the Gospel in today’s church, but why…    read more 

The Gospel and Youth Ministry | Part 3

October 7, 2013     Austin Walker    

This is part 3 of a Gospel and Students series. If you’re just now reading this series, here is a link to PART ONE and a link to PART TWO.   The Gospel is complex, and cannot be taken apart from its other pieces. It is not a hope, though in it, believers find hope. It is not a life, though through it, believers are brought to life. It is not supreme, though…    read more 

How To Run Family Worship Night

It’s Orange Week! Our team here at YouthMin.org absolutely loves the Orange philosophy, their crew, their conference, and curriculum. A few of us were asked to focus this week on aspects of Orange, and we love participating every year in Orange week! Over the past few years, our ministry has hosted a Family Worship Night every year. The purpose for the night is to give parents opportunities to engage with their students…    read more 

Why The Gospel?

September 25, 2013     Austin Walker    

Part 2 of a Gospel and Students Series. This is not necessarily a fun post to write, but before we’re able to talk about the Gospel, we have to understand WHY we (and our students) need it.  This post is taken from a position paper on the Gospel, hence some of the more academic language.     Though commonly used within the church, there is often ambiguity as to what truly defines…    read more 

The Gap In My Ministry

September 19, 2013     Austin Walker    

Part 1 of a Gospel and Students series. I by no means claim to be an expert in student ministry.  I’ve got 5 years of student ministry under my belt and still feel green.  That being said, I’ve started to notice a gap, a lack, in the lives of students.  In the past two years, I’ve been able to baptize about 15 or 20 students, some of whom grew up in church,…    read more 

On Our Knees

April 29, 2013     Austin Walker    

One of my old volunteers was in town for a doctors appointment.  He’s one of my favorite people on the planet, and always a huge encouragement.  A few months down the road, he will take his entire family across the ocean to help start an online degree program to train pastors in a post-Christian culture.  Did I want fajitas with this guy?  Enough to pay for both of us. An hour later,…    read more