Grow

Cherish your spouse

June 3, 2014    
Ben Read    

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 been my intention at all. But then, what had my intention been in the first place? One of the things I love about my wife is that she is extremely intelligent, she…    read more 

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 discouragement, many of our comrades are struggling to navigate these difficulties.  Questions of identity, purpose, calling, and even value seem to be waging war against many of our brothers and sisters in Christ.  In addition, many are asking the question, “Do I even…    read more 

Attracting Students to Youth Ministry

May 12, 2014    
Ben Read    

Doing Ministry just outside of Boston is often just how you’d imagine it would be. I’ve often joked with my wife that sometimes I wish I could be a Youth Pastor in someplace like Michigan or Arkansas, where you just announce the time of Youth Group and kids show up, because they know what Youth Group is (No offense to those of you in those two states, I know it’s a wild…    read more 

3 easy ways your Youth Ministry can have a greater impact in the lives of Students

May 5, 2014    
Ben Read    

Whether you saw 5000 teens attend your student ministry last year, or you barely averaged 5 (including yourself, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,) every Youth Pastor in any context wants to grow the impact their ministry has, hopefully because of one reason: to see Jesus change students lives. I’m preparing a few training items for our team, and wanted to share a few things we really want to focus on this…    read more 

Intern 101: After the Internship

My first two posts in this series highlighted the importance of hiring the right person for your internship and making the most of the internship experience while the intern is with you.  This last post in the series deals with the most overlooked portion of the internship experience, namely how to encourage and mentor your intern AFTER the internship is over. While the lack of proximity makes this the most difficult portion…    read more 

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 point that resonated with me was #10: Focus on productivity, and not just effort” Sometimes we brag about how we worked a “60-hour workweek,” but let’s be honest: what did we really accomplish? Why…    read more 

Intern 101: During the Internship

In my previous post, I pointed out how important the process of hiring an intern can be.  By working hard on the front end and hiring someone who is on board with your philosophy of ministry and works well with your personality, you can be relatively certain of a successful internship experience.  However, once you’ve hired your intern, it’s important to put together a deliberate and meaningful plan for his or her…    read more 

Poll Question 2: What is Your Greatest Source of Discouragement?

April 15, 2014    
Keith Parker    

Let’s face it.  Ministry can be hard sometimes.  We’ve all struggled with discouragement in some shape or form.  Whether it’s pressure to “get numbers,” a leader who questions your vision, a church that doesn’t seem to value your ministry, or parents who are slow to support and quick to criticize, discouragement can show up in various forms in ministry. As YouthMin.org seeks to encourage, challenge, and equip Youth Ministers, it’s important for…    read more 

Intern 101: Hiring an Intern

Mentoring and pouring into an intern can be one of the most challenging and rewarding aspects of youth ministry. As I write this post, I find myself preparing for my eight intern during my 13-year tenure at Hazelwood Christian church.  I absolutely love the opportunity to invest in students and future ministry leaders, and I value the friendships that I have forged through internships even to this day. As I have experienced…    read more 

Why I write my own Youth Ministry Curriculum

March 3, 2014    
Ben Read    

We’ve been going through a bit of transition with YouthMin.org the last two months as some of the most active contributors have moved to new ministries, had babies, etc. etc. But we’ve also been going through a time of reflecting on what we hope this site does, why it continues to exist, and one of the things we’ve tried to do is figure out our main foundational purposes, things we believe to…    read more