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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

What Do I Do All Week?

You probably get this question at least once a semester. That one kid who is known for his sarcasm and snakiness comes up to you and asks, “What do you even do all week?” Don’t get upset. I know ...

Essential Time Management

About a month ago I read an article by Carey Nieuwhof to his “younger self” in ministry about how to live and lead better.  As a young leader myself, I ate up the article and have read it weekly. One ...

The importance of Time in Youth Ministry

Last year at the Orange Conference, the theme was Focus, but really it should have just been Time, because that’s what everything came down to. I remember how Reggie Joiner would bring out this big jar of ...

How Do You Have Time To Post On Social Media?

If you look at my church’s social media feed on our ministry’s Facebook and Twitter account, you might wonder how I have the time to post social media while still doing ministry at the same time. It ...

3 Things To Do When Your Numbers Are Low

We all deal with it this time of year–our numbers are LOW. It usually happens around the holidays, but it can also happen during Spring Break, Summer vacation… or just a random Sunday.  What do you do ...

5 ways to get your whole church involved in Youth Ministry

This is a guest post from Helene Foust who regularly blogs at http://inumcconnect.org. After almost a whole month on the road and a super amazing vacation, I am back to the wonderful world of blogging!  I’ve ...