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Youth Ministry is not the same as Youth Group

Almost 6 months ago, I got to inherit a great group of students by taking a new role. Our Youth Group has plenty of students that come every week, is filled with students passionate about growing in their relationship with God, and contains a large portion of students whose parents don’t go to church, meaning…

Using Bulletins in Youth Ministry

Do you use bulletins in Youth Ministry? It seems like whenever the idea of bulletins gets brought up, a majority of Youth Pastors have negative experiences to share. For quite a long time, I was in that same boat. The truth is, Bulletins can often seem like a giant waste of time for youth group.…

Developing a Killer Series for Your Youth Ministry

I remember sitting down in my office for the first time as a full-time Youth Minister.  The books were all placed carefully on the shelf, my pictures and paintings were hung, and my office supplies sat expectantly on my pristine new desk. I leaned back in my chair and thought, “Now what?” I wasn’t sure…

Slow Down Your Leadership

There’s an old African proverb that says, “alone we go fast, together we go far.” You might get things done quickly, but if you’re not giving away leadership to willing and awesome leaders on your team, you’ll find that the only place you’re headed is burnout. And you’ll get there real fast. Try these three…

Why We Don’t Do Gross Games in Youth Group

“Pickled pigs feet.”  “Blended Happy Meals.”  “Live goldfish.”  “Cat food.”  What do these things have in common, you might ask.  They are all the answer to a recent question in our YouthMin Facebook group – “What is something really gross that you have had a kid eat as a challenge during a game?” Having grown…

Why We Do Gross Games in Youth Group

Pickled pigs feet. Blended Happy Meals. Live goldfish?!? While this list sounds like it comes from an episode of Fear Factor, these are all things I’ve seen (or at least heard about) students eat during youth group games. And I’m OK with that, under certain circumstances. (BTW, this post is written as a counterpoint and alternative…

Help! I’ve Inherited a Team

So, you’ve started a new ministry . . . How do you deal with previous job descriptions and expectations? Put another way, how do you get your new team to start functioning the way YOU want them to? Here’s one way of making the transition: 1. Call a meeting of your entire team.  You’ll want…

Where’s Your Zone?

I don’t think I have ever spoken to a Youth Pastor before without somehow or another moving the conversation to curriculum and event planning. I, for one, absolutely love writing my own curriculum. I love the freedom it gives me to cover the topic that I choose and address it in the manner that I like.…

Youth Pastors – Encourage one another

Youth Pastors, we all know the kind of job we have. Often thankless, often lonely, often forgotten. We so often hear stories in our YouthMin.org Community about the hurt being done to Youth Pastors by their churches, by parents in their ministry, by their Pastors. It’s not always the case, but almost every day, one…