An Open Letter to Youth Ministers

October 11, 2013    
Keith Parker    

Okay, I’ve come to grips with it.  I’m getting old.  I have more gray hairs than brown anymore, it seems.  And I make weird noises when I get up.  So, I get it.  I’m getting older.  But one benefit of being in Youth Ministry for a while (12.5 years at Hazelwood and counting) is that I’ve “put childish things behind me” in a lot of areas where I used to struggle. Please…    read more 

Career vs. Calling: Making It Clear

October 4, 2013    
Josh Sutton    

We just wrapped up our Roundtable Tuesday and had a great discussion on Youth Ministry and the differences between Career and Calling. I wanted to follow up and write a little more about what I believe. Calling I truly believe that all Christ-followers are called into ministry. When you follow Christ he calls you to minister to the people around you, starting with your family, your work, your school, your city, your state,…    read more 

Making SYATP Mandatory

September 25, 2013    
Jeremy Smith    

I tell my students that they must go to the See You At The Pole. It’s a mandatory step. Let me back up for a second. See you at the pole is a student led initiative where high school students go 15-30 minutes before school starts to the flag pole on campus. The student then individually or corporately pray for the school and its occupants, the community and the churches that have…    read more 

How To Serve Bad Leaders

September 1, 2013    
Brian Lucas    

We’ve all been there at some time. You may not admit it with the words of the title of this article, but you’ve complained enough about them: bad leaders. Bad leaders come in all different varieties: The Micro-Manager, The Blame-Shifter, The Tyrant, The Vague Communicatior, The One Track Mind, add yours here… At one time, maybe more than once, you have served a bad leader. We’ve been talking this past month about…    read more 

Ministering to Your Pastor's Child #LeadingUp

August 27, 2013    
Josh Fuentes    

As we consider different ways that we, as youth pastors, can establish an influential voice in our church, we must remember the best way we are able to do this is by doing our jobs. As we minister to students we build credibility with their parents, yet there is one student in your youth group whose parents have the ability to make your voice be heard or drowned out above everyone else,…    read more 

4 Easy Ways to Build Rapport with Your Senior Pastor #LeadingUp

As a part of YouthMin’s Leading Up series this month, I feel that one of the most important things that you can do to get your supervisor/senior pastor to be willing to learn from you, and in turn, be “led” by you, is to create a great rapport. Show them your life. Invite them over to your house for dinner with your crazy family, or invite your family over to their house!…    read more 

Youth Ministry and short-sightedness

I was shaped and molded into the Pastor I am today at Liberty University, maybe you we’re, too. Liberty gets put under a lot of scrutiny for many different things, but if you ask most of the students, at least from my time, one of the biggest complains actually had to do with long-term planning. Though you would rarely hear someone actually use this term in their complaint, it was the root…    read more 

Counting the relational change in your pocket

August 2, 2013    
Ben Read    

We often lose the ability to lead up by showing we don’t know how to lead down. If we can’t get our team, our students, parents to understand our vision and mission, we won’t be able to get those who lead us to hear it. When I first started in full time Ministry, I moved to a new church to start a new ministry with them, that though they had always had…    read more 

Introducing the Leading Up Series

August 1, 2013    
Ben Read    

I remember my first year attending the Orange Conference, hearing amazing ideas one after another, having countless conversations with other youth workers on what we hoped to take home and implement, and just the observational excitement throughout every attendee I came in contact with. But I remember the sense of discouragement I felt at the same time; for I knew that Reggie Joiner himself could accompany me back to my church to…    read more 

Planning a Mission Trip: Devil's in the Details

Let’s face it, youth ministers aren’t always known as the best planners. Sometimes, we do a great job of casting the overall vision of our ministry while neglecting the smaller details. A mission trip is not the time to miss the small stuff. Sometimes, missing a minor detail can result in major problems. As you set the wheels in motion for your next mission trip, here are some steps you can take…    read more