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Monday Questions

Would love to hear the various thoughts on these questions: 1 | What’s one game you played when you were in Youth Group that would get you fired for playing today? 2 | How many lessons/messages are you in charge of every week? 3 | If you could give one thing to every youth pastor,…

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The Inner Battle: Balancing Family and 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…

parent meeting agenda

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…

having fun in ministry

Why we have fun in Youth Ministry

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…

overcoming porn struggle

You don’t have to look at porn

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…

Jimmy Fallon Youth Pastor

Jimmy Fallon as a 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…

Replay App Review

Replay App Review

Youth pastors are expected to have a lot of different skills in a lot of different areas. This can be extremely draining for the youth pastor who is required to work in areas they are not gifted in and can steal your time away from areas where they are most effective. This is when technology…

Youth Ministry Roundtable

YouthMin Roundtable #25: A Successful Fall Launch

Check out our YouthMin Roundtable where we discuss Fall Launch events.  How do you define a successful launch to your school year?  What sorts of things have you done for your Fall Launch?  What has worked, and what hasn’t?  Who is your target audience?  Great conversation – add your voice in the comments!

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The Inner Battle: Persevering Through Staff Turmoil

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…