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 ...

Hold Onto Your Butts: Wisdom for Rookie Youth Pastors

Jurassic Park is one of my all time favorite movies. If you have not watched Jurassic Park yet, please feel free to stop reading this post and go watch it now! If you have seen it and want to watch it (because you ...

Part-Time Youth Pastor, Full-Time Hero: Final Thoughts

If you have followed this series in its entirety, then I’m sure you’ve come to the conclusion that part-time student ministry is not for the faint of heart. It is hard work that will make you question ...

How To Serve Bad Leaders

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 ...

Ministering to Your Pastor’s Child #LeadingUp

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 ...

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 ...

Turning ideas into plans #leadingup

Last week, I was having a conversation with a fellow Youth Pastor and he said something that made me laugh and cringe at the same time. It’s an experience that every Youth Pastor has faced at some point, but ...

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 ...

Counting the relational change in your pocket

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 ...

Introducing the Leading Up Series

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 ...