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Is Family Ministry Hurting Our Effectiveness? (by Brian Leslie)

November 14, 2017    
Keith Parker    

Catchy title, huh? Usually a title like that is simply click bait. However, I do sincerely wonder if the church’s focus on the family (pun intended) might be causing us to lose sight of our mission and even stifle our effectiveness.  Now before you throw me off a bridge, I do think the focus on family ministry has produced many good things, and even offered some needed correction to the modern practice…    read more 

Distractions that can Affect Your Ministry

April 25, 2017    
Keith Parker    
Distractions Affect Ministry

A few months ago, I was tuning the radio in my car to the Colts (I know, I know…) football game as I was leaving the church parking lot. As I pulled away from my normal parking spot and clicked through my preset radio buttons, I proceeded to drive my Honda Accord directly into one of the light poles in our church parking lot. To make a long story short, tuning my…    read more 

The Only Reason to Go to Church

February 27, 2017    

WHY DO YOUR STUDENTS GO TO CHURCH? “I want to see my friends.” “I love my adult leader.” “You [parent] force me.” As youth pastors we don’t hear a lot of these reasons, but we see ALL of these play out at different times. Students don’t talk about why they go to church, but they show it in their actions and reactions. These reasons for going to church aren’t all bad, but…    read more 

Relevant Lent

February 21, 2017    

The word Lent may bring different experiences to mind. Maybe some of you experienced the stuffier version of a traditional Lent that had no breathing room. Maybe it feels like a Bible Calendar that isn’t relevant to your walk. Or maybe you’ve experienced something profound that changed the landscape of your spiritual life. I’ve talked with youth workers across the nation and everyone has a different thought about the practice of Lent,…    read more 

Working in a Toxic Church

February 7, 2017    

WORKING IN A TOXIC CHURCH When you’re working in the ministry, you run the risk of ending up in a toxic environment. When this happens it can be devastating to your spiritual life, your family, and can make you question this idea of the “Church” altogether. But before I continue, you might be wondering if your environment is toxic or if its just in a bad season. If you find yourself wondering…    read more 

February Resources: That Will Help You Win

January 31, 2017    

Its that time of the year again and we’ve got some awesome resources that will help you make this the best February ever!   GAMES    Babel Babble: Valentine’s Day Edition // $3   This Is Why I’m Broke: Valentine’s Day Edition $3   MESSAGE SERIES   The Pursuit // $9  Girl Talk: #RelationshipGoals // $3    The “L” Word // $16 GRAPHICS    Instagram Devotional for February // $5  

How to Save Future Marriages

January 31, 2017    

February is almost here and if you’ve been in youth ministry or you were a student in one, you know that most groups will instinctively talk about two topics: Love or Sex. If you’re teaching on love you might be talking about how amazing God’s love is, and you will probably start throwing around the greek concepts of love to show how love can be so different. If you’re teaching on sex,…    read more 

Social Media Tools For Student Ministry

January 23, 2017    

So a couple of years ago I created a Social Media handbook to train up leaders and students on the philosophy and the how-tos of Social Media marketing. We published it on YouthMin for free a couple of months ago, and we’ve seen several thousand people download it and put it to use. If you haven’t seen it yet you can go download it here.  I believe that tool is super helpful in…    read more 

More Baby-Face Confessions

January 17, 2017    

A month ago I wrote a blog called “Dear Baby-Faced Pastor,” where I told y’all about my struggle with looking like a 15 year old. When we posted it we got a huge response from everyone and people we’re even daring enough to share their own stories. Some of the stories made me cringe and some made me throw away my razor and shaving cream. So we decided to share some of…    read more 

Dear Baby-Faced Youth Pastor,

December 12, 2016    

My name is Sam Pettersen, and I am a baby-faced youth pastor. Its not an opinion that I’m baby-faced; it’s been proven over and over again by parents and other adults. One time, I was waiting with a 7th grade student for his mom to come get him, and when she finally came she yelled out her car window “Does your little friend need a ride?” I let her know that my…    read more