Wisdom for Rookie Youth Pastors: Lock-Ins Part 1

Lock-ins, they are inevitable. As much as I try to walk away from them, and swear an oath before God and man I will not do it again, I somehow manage to find one scheduled on my calendar. Lock-ins are a true baptism by fire for youth pastors, and truthfully, we’re never really the same…

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 Hazelwood Christian church.  I absolutely love the opportunity to invest in students and future ministry leaders, and I…

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 yourself multiple times a day; yet at the same time, it will be the most refining work you…

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 Micro-Manager, The Blame-Shifter, The Tyrant, The Vague Communicatior, The One Track Mind, add yours here… At one time,…

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 build credibility with their parents, yet there is one student in your youth group…