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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 

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 

Developing a Killer Series for Your Youth Ministry

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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 

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

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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 

Why We Don’t Do Gross Games in Youth Group

February 9, 2015    
Keith Parker    

“Pickled pigs feet.”  “Blended Happy Meals.”  “Live goldfish.”  “Cat food.”  What do these things have in common, you might ask.  They are all the answer to a recent question in our YouthMin Facebook group – “What is something really gross that you have had a kid eat as a challenge during a game?” Having grown up in youth group and being a Youth Minister now for over 16 years, I’ve seen my…    read more 

Why We Do Gross Games in Youth Group

February 7, 2015    
Brian Lucas    

Pickled pigs feet. Blended Happy Meals. Live goldfish?!? While this list sounds like it comes from an episode of Fear Factor, these are all things I’ve seen (or at least heard about) students eat during youth group games. And I’m OK with that, under certain circumstances. (BTW, this post is written as a counterpoint and alternative view to Keith Parker’s “Why We Don’t Do Gross Games in Youth Group” also on this site. I…    read more 

This Is What We Did Last Night – 1.14.15

January 15, 2015    
Frank Gil    
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Check out Videos For Student Ministry. Submit a video today! A full Weekend Retreat in one nice little zip file for only $15. Pick up this package today! Spotify Playlist Videos: I forgot to mention in the video that I used our Winter Retreat Recap video as the countdown video. Student Life Camp Promo Kid Snippets: Stand-Up Comedy Florida Mission Trip Promo Game: Selfie Scavenger Hunt ($2) Superhero Reverse Charades ($3) Optional:…    read more 

Gospel Centered Youth Ministry | Not every student will be a Youth Pastor

January 12, 2015    
Ben Read    

When I was 15, my dad was candidating at a church to be their Sr. Pastor, and I remember that on our family visit to the church they had me sit in on the Youth Group to experience what could potentially be the group I would be attending. I remember the Youth Pastor saying something that stuck with me for a long time, and it’s something I know at times I have…    read more 

This is What We Did Last Night – 12.3.14

December 4, 2014    
Frank Gil    
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I am starting a weekly (Lord Willing) video/vlog where I review and debrief about what I did in youth group and how it went. I am recording it so other Youth Pastors can see how I order my service, see where I got my resources, and for you to get ideas for your youth group. If you have any questions feel free to comment here or comment on the video on YouTube….    read more 

Youth Pastors – Encourage one another

November 10, 2014    
Ben Read    

Youth Pastors, we all know the kind of job we have. Often thankless, often lonely, often forgotten. We so often hear stories in our YouthMin.org Community about the hurt being done to Youth Pastors by their churches, by parents in their ministry, by their Pastors. It’s not always the case, but almost every day, one of our site leaders talks with a Youth Pastor going through a rough time. Something like two…    read more 

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