Keith Parker

My Context with Tyson Herald from Danville, Indiana

December 18, 2017     Keith Parker    
My Context

In the 13 years I’ve been involved in youth ministry, I’ve found that having clear expectations for my students and staff have proved to be invaluable. Having those expectations set out in a clear, easy to remember way is even better. With church attendance continuing to be sporadic at best, and everything in the world competing for our students’ time, thoughts, and energy, these 3 rules have helped shape what we do….    read more 

My Context with Scott Tinman from Findlay, Ohio

December 11, 2017     Keith Parker    
My Context

YouthMin is highlighting some student ministers and what makes their student ministries unique.  We’ve asked some folks from our YouthMin.org community to share something that is unique to their ministry.  It may be a culture, an event, a fundraiser, or even a lesson series.  Check out this series of posts for some inspiration. Annual Chili/Soup Cook-off & Auction Fundraiser Every summer we as a Student Ministry have either a conference or camp…    read more 

My Context with Greg Jones from Greenwood, Indiana

December 4, 2017     Keith Parker    
My Context

Over the next few weeks, we are going to be highlighting some student ministers and what makes their student ministries unique.  We’ve asked some folks from our YouthMin.org community to share something that is unique to their ministry.  It may be a culture, an event, a fundraiser, or even a lesson series.  Check out this series of posts for some inspiration.   Hello, my name is Greg Jones and I am the…    read more 

Is Family Ministry Hurting Our Effectiveness? (by Brian Leslie)

November 14, 2017     Keith Parker    

Catchy title, huh? Usually a title like that is simply click bait. However, I do sincerely wonder if the church’s focus on the family (pun intended) might be causing us to lose sight of our mission and even stifle our effectiveness.  Now before you throw me off a bridge, I do think the focus on family ministry has produced many good things, and even offered some needed correction to the modern practice…    read more 

Helping Students and Leaders Own Their Ministry

October 30, 2017     Keith Parker    
Students Own Ministry

Disclaimer: I have never written a blog post where I was preaching to myself more than this one. Here is a news flash: your ministry is not your own, and it is temporary. I just experienced this when I transitioned from a youth ministry I had led for 16 years and moved 6 hours away to begin a new youth ministry endeavor in a new context. The truth is, even if you…    read more 

Distractions that can Affect Your Ministry

April 25, 2017     Keith Parker    
Distractions Affect Ministry

A few months ago, I was tuning the radio in my car to the Colts (I know, I know…) football game as I was leaving the church parking lot. As I pulled away from my normal parking spot and clicked through my preset radio buttons, I proceeded to drive my Honda Accord directly into one of the light poles in our church parking lot. To make a long story short, tuning my…    read more 

I Bought It…Now What? by Jason Sell

March 15, 2017     Keith Parker    

Jason Sell is the Youth Minister at Lebanon Christian Church in Indiana. One of my historical struggles has been follow-­through on projects. Just check my garage and you would understand from the almost finished projects that ran into some complication. Somehow the persistent weekly schedule of being a youth minister who preaches each week and teaches once or twice a week inevitably catches up to me, and there sit a stack of…    read more 

Are You Lazy?

Are you lazy?  Let’s be honest, that’s a pretty pointed question.  Most of us recoil defensively, but I think it’s a question we need to wrestle with if we want to be great ministers of the Gospel.  Last time I checked, the call of Christ was pretty intense, and passages like James 3:1 make it clear that we who teach will be held accountable for our efforts. But instead of just ranting…    read more 

The Need For Rest

the need for rest

So I recently celebrated my 15th year at Hazelwood Christian Church, and as a gift, they gave me a 1-month sabbatical…a time to unplug, rest, recharge, and vacation.  This was an amazing gift, but it made me realize a very important truth…I am BAD at resting.  I know that sounds odd…how can someone be BAD at resting?  What an odd thing to be bad at! I think we all understand that “unplugging”…    read more 

Confessions From a Gray-Haired Youth Minister

August 15, 2016     Keith Parker    
confessions of a gray haired youth minister

Hi. My name is Keith Parker, and I am a gray-haired youth minister. The truth of the matter is that I started going gray at about age 19, but that isn’t really important. I celebrated my 37th birthday this year, and I am in my 18th year of paid youth ministry. I have spent the last 14 years as the youth minister at Hazelwood Christian church, my first and only full-time youth ministry…    read more