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More Baby-Face Confessions

January 17, 2017    

A month ago I wrote a blog called “Dear Baby-Faced Pastor,” where I told y’all about my struggle with looking like a 15 year old. When we posted it we got a huge response from everyone and people we’re even daring enough to share their own stories. Some of the stories made me cringe and some made me throw away my razor and shaving cream. So we decided to share some of…    read more 

Dear Baby-Faced Youth Pastor,

December 12, 2016    

My name is Sam Pettersen, and I am a baby-faced youth pastor. Its not an opinion that I’m baby-faced; it’s been proven over and over again by parents and other adults. One time, I was waiting with a 7th grade student for his mom to come get him, and when she finally came she yelled out her car window “Does your little friend need a ride?” I let her know that my…    read more 

Our favorite resources for this Christmas season

November 30, 2016    
Ben Read    

We’ve got a ton of Christmas resources that are being added each week, but we’ve also got a ton of great ones from years past. Here’s a look at a few of our favorites that you’ll want to be sure to check out!   This is why I’m broke Christmas Reverse Charades Christmas Trivia Name That Candy Short Stories:Christmas Edition 3 Words or Less: Christmas Edition Are you there God? 2 week…    read more 

Videos for Student Ministry

November 28, 2016    

I have some exciting news. Videos for Student Ministry is back and the content library is building up quickly! After Frank sent out the news that VFSM is down and will be down forever, we began talking behind the scenes. After months of trying to figure out how to transfer ownership, set up the WordPress site, and start rebuilding the content, it’s ready! Videos for Student Ministry still believes in being a…    read more 

YouthMin Mannequin Challenge

November 19, 2016    

Holy trendy-band-wagon Batman! We had over 30 submissions for the Mannequin Challenge, and if you haven’t watched everybody’s you can find the Mannequin Challenge post here. With that said, here are the top five submissions for the Mannequin challenge. 5. Ignite Ocala| Josh McCullough|Click here To Watch Loved seeing this group go crazy in the middle of their worship set! They really made the mannequin challenge great again. Watch their video to understand that…    read more 

Christmas gift ideas for ministry volunteers

November 16, 2016    
Ben Read    
ministry volunteer gift ideas

I don’t know about you, but I sort of hate November in the ministry world. Hear me out, it can be a crazy month! You just got through the craziness of Fall Launch, which always seems like it was forever ago, yet also feels like it was just last week. Maybe you just wrapped up a crazy time leading into Halloween, maybe you had a fall retreat somewhere in there, and now it’s November. You…    read more 

Skipping a Step in Making Disciples

There’s a constant agitating thought that occurs every time I think about youth ministry. It’s a thought that every youth pastor is plagued by. There are so many Christians in this world, but very few are disciples. I see a lot of students accepting Christ, but it seems like very few are taking the next step towards discipleship. Sometimes I feel like Elijah, looking around for leaders that are furthering the cause…    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 truth about deeper messages

November 7, 2016    
Ben Read    
Going Deeper in Messages

Chances are, if you’ve spent anytime in Youth Ministry, you’ve been criticized for not being “deep” enough. I remember hearing this from my Sr. Pastor several years ago, who laughed the student off because he knew we were wrapping up a 6 week series on Exodus, after having done 4 weeks in Esther, and we were going to be in Revelation coming up. The content was plenty deep enough, so there must…    read more 

Don’t Let Your Student Ministry Be A Birdfeeder

October 31, 2016    
Brent Aiken    
ministry birdfeeder

Biblical Training? Relationships? or Something Else? As we all know, discipleship is a term that has been used in the church and ministry for a really long time now, but I have discovered during my time in ministry that it comes in all shapes and sizes. One of these moments happened last night for me when we were getting ready for our evening youth activities. Most of our students had already arrived…    read more 

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