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 ...

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 ...

Cherish your spouse

I remember having a conversation with my wife a few months after we were married that hurt. She had been hurt by something I posted on Facebook that painted her in a bad light, and I was hurt because that hadn’t ...

Putting down the baggage of Youth Ministry

Sometimes a youth pastor, or any pastor for that matter, comes to a new church with excitement on the outside, but on the inside we’re carrying some baggage and nursing all kinds of scars. This baggage and ...

Hang In There!

Over the past few weeks, our YouthMin.org Facebook group has been littered with discouraged and hurting Youth Ministers.  Whether dealing with criticism, divorce, unrealistic expectations, or other sources of ...