Theology

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 

Summer Discipleship in Transition

Summer Discipleship Transition

In my last post, we talked through the toughness of the summer schedule in the youth ministry world and how crucial it is for each of us to find the “Summer Sweet Spot” for our summer ministry plans. That post was aimed at the woes of the programming world in which we operate, but in this post I want to focus on the other, more important area of summer discipleship. In my context of 100+…    read more 

Stop Asking Students To Do The Sinner’s Prayer

May 4, 2015    
Frank Gil    
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I remember the first time I ever mentioned I wasn’t a fan of the sinner’s prayer. I was a college pastor in Tampa and I was speaking to about 50 students on a Thursday night. I quickly mentioned in my message that the call for the sinner’s prayer isn’t found in the Bible. Nor does the call for salvation require a prayer. You would of thought I said Jesus was a purple woman…    read more 

“Is this your God? Killer of children?”

April 15, 2015    
Frank Gil    
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Who has spoken and it came to pass, unless the Lord has commanded it? Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that good and bad come? Why should a living man complain, a man, about the punishment of his sins. Lamentations 3:37-39 Literally 3 hours after I saw Exodus: Gods and Kings I started writing my review that I have now come to see is not the most popular view. Other people have written pretty…    read more 

Why I hate Christian movies

I grew up loving the Buttercream Gang, and it’s wildly successful follow up “The Buttercream gang and the Secret of Treasure Mountain.” Trying to google that second title brought back so many memories of all the classic christian movies of the late 80’s and early 90’s that were ever popular in my house as a kid. But although the quality of Christian film making has drastically improved since that era, I feel…    read more 

Five Theological Words Your Students Should Know Before They Graduate

February 14, 2014    
Frank Gil    

I have written before about the importance of teaching theology to your students. Moral lessons only stick if the students can understand the theological ‘why’ to their actions. We should teach our students biblical theology not to inflate their heads with big words. We teach students theology because the more we study about who God is and how he works, the greater our affections for him will be. Biblical words are good….    read more 

The Gospel Conclusion and Implications

November 25, 2013    

This is Part 5 of a series on Gospel and Students. Here’s a rundown of where we’ve been so far! Part 1 – The Hole In My Ministry.  This post looks at how our students respond to questions and how this exposes their grasp (or lack thereof) of the Gospel. Part 2 – Why The Gospel?  In part 2, we look at two reasons we as humanity need the Gospel.  We seem…    read more 

The Gospel and Youth Ministry | Part 4

October 22, 2013    

Here’s a rundown of where we’ve been so far! Part 1 – The Gap In My Ministry.  This post looks at how our students respond to questions and how this exposes their grasp (or lack thereof) of the Gospel. Part 2 – Why The Gospel?  In part 2, we look at two reasons we as humanity need the Gospel.  We seem to be all about the Gospel in today’s church, but why…    read more 

The Gospel and Youth Ministry | Part 3

October 7, 2013    

This is part 3 of a Gospel and Students series. If you’re just now reading this series, here is a link to PART ONE and a link to PART TWO.   The Gospel is complex, and cannot be taken apart from its other pieces. It is not a hope, though in it, believers find hope. It is not a life, though through it, believers are brought to life. It is not supreme, though…    read more 

Why The Gospel?

September 25, 2013    

Part 2 of a Gospel and Students Series. This is not necessarily a fun post to write, but before we’re able to talk about the Gospel, we have to understand WHY we (and our students) need it.  This post is taken from a position paper on the Gospel, hence some of the more academic language.     Though commonly used within the church, there is often ambiguity as to what truly defines…    read more 

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