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A case for good youth group shirts

August 31, 2016    
Frank Gil    
youth ministry t-shirt

I love youth group shirts. I low-key dream of a time where my entire wardrobe is just different student ministry shirts. We have all seen really bad youth group shirts. We also all have been at one time or another slightly envious of the youth group that has a killer shirt. From designing and screen printing my own shirts to outsourcing it all, I want to give you a few tips on creating…    read more 

Wisdom for Rookie Youth Pastors: Taking Care of Your Family

August 16, 2016    
Josh Fuentes    

As I write this post, my wife just entered into her third trimester of pregnancy. In February, we will welcome another beautiful little girl into this world. I’m pumped, but I’m not naive either. We have a five year old, and life stays busy with one. So I’m pretty sure life is going to get crazy with two. I’m also a full-time youth pastor and seminary student. That means there are three…    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 

6 great Worship songs for Youth Group

August 11, 2016    
Ben Read    
youth group worship programming

I’m fortunate enough to have an intern who helps lead our Jr. High Worship, but I still oversee our High School Worship. I’ve always been a fan of choosing a selection of songs and keeping them, rotating a handful out at the end of the year (or sometimes, semester breaks), so your band and group can get to know the songs really well, while also being exposed to new songs. I was blessed…    read more 

The Race

May 16, 2016    
Ben Read    
youth ministry video

Our Jr. High team has been having some fun the last several weeks making stupid video openers for our service, here’s one we did this past week pitting me verse one of our college leaders.

Developing a Killer Series for Your Youth Ministry

DevelopingKillerSeries

I remember sitting down in my office for the first time as a full-time Youth Minister.  The books were all placed carefully on the shelf, my pictures and paintings were hung, and my office supplies sat expectantly on my pristine new desk. I leaned back in my chair and thought, “Now what?” I wasn’t sure what to do, where to start, or how to shape this youth ministry I was now leading….    read more 

This Is What We Did Last Night – 3.21.16

March 21, 2016    
Frank Gil    

Pre-service: 15 minute countdown video YouthMin Spotify Playlist Funny Video: Franchesskah plays with the no thumbs game. Game: Seated-Basket-Foosball Selfie Scavenger Hunt Message: Waiting Dating Mating (YouthMin) We finished our series by having a panel of folks answer questions the students had during the past four weeks.

4 things that will help you make a better Youth Ministry Calendar

planning a youth group calendar

For the last few years, the Ministries I have been apart of have traditionally released our Youth Group calendars three times a year; Fall Calendar, Spring Calendar, and Summer Calendar. We had a pretty good set up of our fall and spring one’s this past year, but we changed it up in the summer, and learned a few lessons that I believe are helpful for other Youth Pastors Planning a Youth Group…    read more 

What CrossFit Taught Me About Youth Ministry

March 21, 2016    
Keith Parker    
crossfit youth ministry leadership

I discovered CrossFit in May 2015. I was an avid runner, pounding out mile after mile every week, which led to an ankle tendon injury. My doctor told me that I could still be active, but he did not want me running the heavy miles I had become accustomed to. My wife invited me to try CrossFit, which she had been doing for almost a year. I wasn’t going to stop eating…    read more 

GAME – Full Speed Pictionary

March 14, 2016    
Keith Parker    
pictionary game

So a number of years ago, I was in a rush before youth group trying to figure out a quick game with minimal setup.  In a moment of inspiration, I created Full Speed Pictionary.  I don’t know if I invented it or stole it from the dark corners of my mind somewhere, but it has become a game our students love.  It’s quick, easy, involves everyone, and gets students moving. So how…    read more