Semester Teaching Bundle

I know one of the most important things I do every year is plan the teaching calendar.  Balancing theological truth, life application, Biblical exegesis, and milk versus meat is a tedious yet meaningful process. ...

What Chick-Fil-A Taught Me About Youth Ministry

A few days ago, I loaded up my three crazy boys and headed to lunch at Chick-Fil-A. I don’t know about you, but I could probably eat this delectable delight every single day and not get tired of it. I can ...

Ministry needs more than 140 characters

Have you ever seen the show The West Wing? It’s easily one of my 5 favorite shows that has ever been on TV, and if you haven’t seen it, you should start watching it tonight. There is this episode that I ...

Why your Youth Ministry should be more like Apple

One of the things I love about Apple, that I believe (because they tell me this to be true) makes their products that much superior, is their patience. They have plenty of ideas for things that could make the iPhone ...

Kill The Program Now!

When was the last time your youth ministry program led someone to Christ? When I was in high school, I didn’t know Jesus.  Actually, up until grade 9 I had never been in a church building.  I was always the ...

What is Spiritual Formation in Youth Ministry?

In a recent post, I discussed the current lack of spiritual formation occurring in student ministries. The average student ministry engine is running good with bigger and better events while the hook of church ...

What would happen to your Youth Ministry if you left?

Yesterday, one of our contributors, Frank Gil, posted this He’s not alone, and I know many Youth Pastors are planning beyond their Fall Calendars and are thinking about the entire ministry year that lays ...

Wisdom for Rookie Youth Pastors: You Are Not the Pastor

Yes. You read that right: You are not the pastor. I know you know this, but let that sink in for a moment, because I don’t think we, as youth pastors, grasp that concept very well. For example, it never fails ...

Staying Spiritually Alert during the Summer

For many, once school ends, the discipline and study that goes along with it ends as well. But what about our spiritual lives? Transitioning to a new season, rhythm and flow of life often unsettles spiritual ...

Why you shouldn’t finish your sermon in Youth Ministry

If you’re like me, when you prepare a lesson for youth group, Sunday School, small group, or any other of your youth meetings, you like to have it be as clear and understandable as possible. We never want our ...