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Make the most of Summer

It can be so easy to slip into a lull in the summer. For most ministries, the School year is the real weight of the calendar with a completely different feel to the summer ministry. Even if you don’t change a single thing about your summer programming, it just feels different, doesn’t it? And after…


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The Inner Battle: Overcoming Apathetic Students

Having been a Youth Minister for over 15 years now, I think I have probably heard every excuse in the book for why a student wouldn’t be attending youth group or a summer trip. “I have sports.” “I have band.” “I have homework.” “My mom doesn’t want to drive me.” “It just doesn’t seem like…

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Going to a Youth Ministry Conference alone

I’m extremely blessed to be at a church that sets aside money every year for me to grow as a Youth Pastor, and what that often means for me is going to conferences. For the last few years, the Orange Conference has been a pillar in my yearly calendar. I have to be there and I want…

Staying Relatable in Youth Ministry

Staying Relatable in Youth Ministry

For some time now, I have heard the expression, “I will stay in youth ministry as long as I can relate with the students.” After taking some time to think through this statement, I’m not sure it’s valid.   What is Relatable?   This is probably something that needs no explanation, but I am sure that…


Getting Hit By The Waves

We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 6:19-20 ESV) Have you ever been in a place where you…


What the Woman at the Well taught me about race.

A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” -John 4:7 A while back I was afforded the opportunity to preach in the main service. I don’t get this opportunity but maybe 2 or 3 times a year so I always want to use it as a time…