Slow Down Your Leadership

March 2, 2015    
Brian Lucas    

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 tips for SHARING your leadership to make your ministry run better and go farther: 1. Share your…    read more 

Why We Don’t Do Gross Games in Youth Group

February 9, 2015    
Keith Parker    

“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 up in youth group and being a Youth Minister now for over 16 years, I’ve seen my…    read more 

Why We Do Gross Games in Youth Group

February 7, 2015    
Brian Lucas    

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 view to Keith Parker’s “Why We Don’t Do Gross Games in Youth Group” also on this site. I…    read more 

Help! I’ve Inherited a Team

December 16, 2014    
Nick Farr    

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 to get everyone together for this one. Let them know ahead of time that no one is…    read more 

Where’s Your Zone?

November 11, 2014    
Brent Aiken    

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. Writing curriculum challenges me to push myself and my understanding of God even when I feel farthest…    read more 

Youth Pastors – Encourage one another

November 10, 2014    
Ben Read    

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 of our site leaders talks with a Youth Pastor going through a rough time. Something like two…    read more 

Wisdom for Rookie Youth Pastors: Fundraisers for Dummies

I am convinced there are two events every youth pastor would claim to be a “thorn in their flesh:” fundraisers and lock-ins. Neither are what we signed up for when were called to youth ministry, but both are a necessary evil. Why? I don’t know, but I just choose to have faith in Christ and claim Romans 5:1-4. Yet, there is a way to take the sting out of these two events,…    read more 

Tips for Having “The Talk” With Your Students

This Fall, our student ministry tackled the “gods at war” series from Kyle Idleman. The series identifies false gods that war for our affection. From the moment we chose the series, I circled the date on my calendar when I would be teaching on the “gods of love, sex, and romance.” Every youth minister knows the sweaty palms and the lump in the throat that come along with speaking to students about…    read more 

Embracing the New Normal

September 24, 2014    

Carey Nieuwhof is a name many of you might recognize. If you don’t recognize his name, check out his new leadership podcast, it’s great! In his first episode, Andy Stanley makes a statement that kind of shook my existing paradigm as it relates to student ministry. “A regular church attender is someone who goes to church about 12 times a year, not every week…as we looked at our children’s attendance patterns, the…    read more 

Don’t Kill Yourself – Volunteers are Key

September 23, 2014    
Brent Aiken    

Volunteers… We don’t always have them but we need them. I have been in Youth Ministry for a little over 4 years now and for about the first 3 years I thought that everything was my responsibility. I did three lessons a week, scheduled a meal sign up sheet and made contact with whoever was signed up for the current week, spent as much time as I could with the students (which…    read more