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What CrossFit Taught Me About Youth Ministry

March 21, 2016    
Keith Parker    
crossfit youth ministry leadership

I discovered CrossFit in May 2015. I was an avid runner, pounding out mile after mile every week, which led to an ankle tendon injury. My doctor told me that I could still be active, but he did not want me running the heavy miles I had become accustomed to. My wife invited me to try CrossFit, which she had been doing for almost a year. I wasn’t going to stop eating…    read more 

Three friends every youth pastor should have.

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Every Tuesday morning, before the staff at our campus begins the day, my campus pastor calls the staff into the lobby for what he calls “Pastries With The Pastor.” He supplies donuts and other sweet treats and we spend the first 15 minutes of our day sharing highs and lows of ministry and praying for one another. Occasionally he will share a short devotional or thought for us to think about for the week….    read more 

Escape From the Private Island of Youth Ministry

November 30, 2015    
Keith Parker    
youth ministry lonely private island

This is a GUEST POST from Jonathan Robinson. The life of youth minister can be a lonely place. Sounds silly right? You’re around people all the time yet, somehow you feel like you’re on an island. At least this has been the case for me before in ministry. Yet, over my years in ministry I’ve discovered something that has not only been enjoyable, but has invigorated my life and ministry. I started off in ministry…    read more 

Saying Goodbye to Student Ministry: Transition Where You Are

November 18, 2015    
Josh Fuentes    
goodbye youth ministry transition

So you decided to take the plunge and transition out of student ministry? Great! God is going to do some great things in you and through you as you move into this new phase of your life. Yet, there’s an issue. In order to leave student ministry, you have to leave your church, which means you’ll have to uproot your family to start this new position. Just thinking about moving makes me…    read more 

Saying Goodbye to Student Ministry: Age Matters

November 10, 2015    
Josh Fuentes    
goodbye youth ministry transition

You’ve heard it said. I’ve heard it said. It’s been said to you. We’ve asked it ourselves every now and then. Even search teams talk about it. The million dollar question that makes every youth pastor want to roll their eyes –  “Aren’t you a little old to be a youth pastor?” For some odd reason this question seems to get asked more than once when you hit your thirties. Like you,…    read more 

Why The YouthMin Facebook Group is AWESOME!

YouthMin Facebook group is awesome

Every day, my phone and laptop are inundated with notifications from Facebook.  Before you think “Wow, he must be a really popular guy,” let me clarify.  I have the privilege of being one of the group administrators for the YouthMin.org Facebook group, a gaggle of 4685 youth ministers and leaders (currently) from all over the world seeking advice, resources, and encouragement online.  For the past two years, I have seen countless reasons why…    read more 

Frustration in Youth Ministry

youth pastor quit resign frustration

A few weeks ago, I watched a few of our college interns interacting with a Mom of a student in their small group. They all knew I was close by if needed, but they were resolving the issue themselves. It was a tough situation in that a student in the group had started pouring out a lot of the junk going on his life, and the small group leaders were still processing…    read more 

The Inner Battle: Balancing Family and Ministry

September 15, 2015    
Keith Parker    
inner battle youth 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 a perfect picture, right? Unfortunately, it wasn’t, because as I had pulled into the driveway, a parent…    read more 

You don’t have to look at porn

September 1, 2015    
Ben Read    
overcoming porn struggle

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 a shame that many men and women won’t be forced to deal with it because they aren’t…    read more 

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 comes in. Effectively using technology can allow you to succeed in areas where you don’t typically excel. Here…    read more 

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