going to a youth ministry conference by yourself

Going to a Youth Ministry Conference alone

I’m extremely blessed to be at a church that sets aside money every year for me to grow as a Youth Pastor, and what that often means for me is going to conferences. For the last few years, the Orange Conference has been a pillar in my yearly calendar. I have to be there and I want…

Finding Peace in the Chaos

For most people in ministry that I have met, vacations and time away from the ministry are often left on the back burner. This is something that, over the past year, I have found to be EXTREMELY hazardous to your spirit as well as your body. We need to have some time to get out…

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 ahead of us, and if you haven’t started that process yet, you should. Last year around this time, I was coming home…

Putting down the baggage of Youth Ministry

Sometimes a youth pastor, or any pastor for that matter, comes to a new church with excitement on the outside, but on the inside we’re carrying some baggage and nursing all kinds of scars. This baggage and scars may come from the way we were treated as we left our previous church, maybe even some…

Wisdom for Rookie Youth Pastors: Personal Development

The old saying, “You can only lead where you’ve been” is true. Us youth pastors were once teenagers. We’ve gone through the fires of puberty and  have come out as stable human beings. Since we know what its like to be a teenager, we have the ability to help our students steer the waters of…

Youth Pastor's and Tithing

My wife and I are going through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University with our church right now, and I’ve been diving into it head first. Never in my life did I think that it was possible for a Youth Pastor, on a Youth Pastor’s Salary, to actually be able to get off of living from…

How You Know Its Time To Leave Your Church

*Disclaimer* This post was actually written to be a part of  the series “Part-Time Youth Pastor, Full-Time Hero,” that just wrapped up on Youthmin.org.” Due to a mix up it never got published, however, even though it is written with the part-time youth pastor in mind, we believe it still speaks volumes for those who…

Calling vs. Career

The call of God to vocational ministry can, at times feel like  almost like a curse, but in reality is the greatest gift a Pastor of any sort can have.   When I left my previous Ministry, I wrestled with God practically daily over my calling, as I had been doing in the months that…

What I pray before I speak to students

Every Wednesday Night before the students show up, right after I print out the final draft of my message, I pray this prayer. Maybe not word for word, but this same idea every time.   Lord, Thank You for the opportunity to speak to these students that You have given to this ministry. I am…

Cut the Crap: Get Transparent

When I went to the Simply Youth Ministry Conference in March, I was stoked.  One of the biggest blessings that I had was being able to meet so many people that I have networked with over the last three years in the blogosphere.  I had some really encouraging and hilarious conversations with many people who…