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Contextualizing Your Ministry

Context is everything. We understand this to be true about biblical studies, quotes from our favorite athletes, and lines from movies. But the same is true in our ministries. Context is everything. As we seek to be the best leaders and youth ministers we can possibly be, it is vital that we consider our own…

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This Is What We Did Last Night – 1.14.15

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5 Simple Ways to Gain Respect from Your Church Leaders

Having been a youth minister for well over a decade now, I think I have heard all of the ridiculous statements and stereotypes about youth ministers. We are lazy, disorganized, and never take anything seriously. We only work on Sundays. All we do is play games and order pizza. And my personal favorite: when we…

FREE Encouraging Instagram Graphics

Social media is a great way to encourage followers, including your students, their parents, and the church body you serve.  From time to time, I love to create some Instagram graphics that highlight a Scripture, a quote, or the lyrics of a great worship song to encourage those who follow me online. You can download…

Poll Question 4: What Presentation Software Do You Use?

One question we see on the YouthMin.org Facebook group often concerns the presentation software we all use for our Youth Ministry.  We know the importance of having the capability to share game slides, lesson slides, advertisement graphics, video clips, and more.  But based on your budget, your technological expertise, and your youth room setup, you…

Intern 101: After the Internship

My first two posts in this series highlighted the importance of hiring the right person for your internship and making the most of the internship experience while the intern is with you.  This last post in the series deals with the most overlooked portion of the internship experience, namely how to encourage and mentor your…

Poll Question 3: How Do You Unwind Outside of Youth Ministry?

We know that ministry can be taxing.  Dealing with problems, planning events, answering emails, talking with parents, meetings, and more wage war on our time.  It’s important to have an outlet; something you enjoy doing outside of Youth Ministry where you can “unplug” and “unwind” and just be you.  At YouthMin, we are interested in…

Intern 101: During the Internship

In my previous post, I pointed out how important the process of hiring an intern can be.  By working hard on the front end and hiring someone who is on board with your philosophy of ministry and works well with your personality, you can be relatively certain of a successful internship experience.  However, once you’ve…