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Having Fun in Youth Ministry (Guest Post from Jason Walters)

October 13, 2015    
Keith Parker    
Having Fun Student Ministry

Thankful to Jason Walters for this guest post.  If you’re interested in writing a guest post for YouthMin.org, contact us at kparker170@gmail.com. “One of the most effective ways to stay connected to your kids is to have fun with them.” – Reggie Joiner It seems like a debate as old as time.  “How much fun are we allowed to have in student ministry before we lose the importance of why we are…    read more 

The Inner Battle: Balancing Family and Ministry

September 15, 2015    
Keith Parker    
inner battle youth ministry

“Daddy!” My 5-year old boy Matthew came running, arms wide open, plowing into my legs at Mach 3 to welcome me home for the evening. He had experienced his first day of kindergarten, and was eager to tell me about all the amazing things he had done and new friends he had made. Sounds like a perfect picture, right? Unfortunately, it wasn’t, because as I had pulled into the driveway, a parent…    read more 

Parent Meeting Agenda

September 7, 2015    
Keith Parker    
parent meeting agenda

At HCCYM, we meet with parents a few times a year, typically at the start of a new semester, to go over the information for the upcoming months of activities, lessons, and regular programs.  We typically do these short meetings after church in our youth area, which allows families to stay after church instead of making a special trip.  These are short meetings, but an important way to connect with parents and…    read more 

Why we have fun in Youth Ministry

September 2, 2015    
Ben Read    

Last night, our Jr. High Ministry had one of the most fun events I have done in 10 years of ministry. We gave a talk at the end that wrapped up our last summer series and gave the gospel, but outside of those 20 minutes, it was just a time of fun. We had triple the attendance from the end of last year with 11 first-time guests, and I got to hear…    read more 

You don’t have to look at porn

September 1, 2015    
Ben Read    
overcoming porn struggle

There have already been a number of articles out about the Ashley Madison hack and the number of pastors on that list, and I don’t want to just write on how great of a shame that is. It’s a shame the number of men and women in our world who struggle with this sin.  It’s a shame that many men and women won’t be forced to deal with it because they aren’t…    read more 

Jimmy Fallon as a Youth Pastor

August 31, 2015    
Jimmy Fallon Youth Pastor

I remember when I was younger, my parents bought the Johnny Carson VHS Collection off of QVC one night. I had no idea who this guy was, but I remember watching it with my parents and watching as my parents laughed hysterically at “good ol’ Johnny.” I chuckled with them, but largely I wondered why we didn’t have anyone on TV like this today. Well young Jonathan, the dark ages of late…    read more 

The Inner Battle: Persevering Through Staff Turmoil

August 4, 2015    
Keith Parker    
inner battle youth ministry

Teamwork can be one of the most amazing and powerful forces on the planet. When a team is functioning well, working together toward a singular goal, it can be a thing of beauty. I remember watching the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s, arguably the best basketball team in history. While Michael Jordan was obviously the superstar of that team, every player on that team did his part. Scottie Pippen was the second…    read more 

Saying Goodbye to Student Ministry: The Question You Need to Ask Yourself

August 1, 2015    
Josh Fuentes    
goodbye youth ministry transition

Our calling into the ministry is not set in stone. God may have us serve in a specific position for a various amount of time, or he may call us out of ministry all together. Either way, we do ourselves a disservice when we call ourselves “lifers” in student ministry as we begin the race. Truth be told, God determines when we serve, where we serve, and in what capacity we serve….    read more 

Microwave vs Crockpot Youth Ministry

July 20, 2015    
Frank Gil    

My wife is a vegetarian. I am still praying that sanctification will fix that. We have been married for over 6 years now and we still don’t know how to go grocery shopping. What ends up happening usually is me buying tons of frozen food with an occasional steak or package of chicken for when I feel like cooking. Like many married couples, when we got married we got a crockpot as a…    read more