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Is Youth Ministry Killing the Church?

It seems about this time every year, I begin to see a lot of blog posts about how Youth Ministry is killing the church, how Youth Ministry is fundamentally flawed, and how students are leaving the church in record ...

An Open Letter to Church Leaders

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You might assume by the title of this post that I’m concurrently working on my resume and a blog post, but I’m excited about sharing this post with you and with my own church leaders as we seek to make ...

Avoiding the Holy Huddle – Challenging Students Beyond the Church Walls

I think one of the most important lessons we can teach our students is that the Kingdom of God is larger than the four walls of our church building.  When students graduate from our ministry, I hope that they find ...

An Open Letter to Students on Identity

Dear Student, I see what is going on.  You might think it’s invisible to the people around you, but I see it.  I see how you are working so hard for approval from those around you.  I see the clothes you ...

Youth Ministry Group Game – Shark Attack

This game actually started out as a bit of a joke as a few of my Middle School Leaders and I were brainstorming games. We thought about how you could make almost any game 50x better in, middle school ministry, by ...

Recognizing Seniors in Student Ministry and the Church

I just started at my current church in the beginning of April, so the seniors here haven’t “grown up” under my ministry. Unfortunately, these seniors hadn’t had a youth pastor for most of ...

Planning a Mission Trip: After the Trip

I think every youth minister has wrestled with this at one point or another. So much effort and energy goes into planning and executing the mission trip that we neglect what happens AFTER the bus heads for home. I ...

Why Your Students Shouldn't Have Their Cell Phones During Youth Group

Jeremy and I decided to write articles today about the two options Youth Groups face when it comes to cell phones at church.  I loved writing my article after his so that I could read what he said and formulate my ...

Leave The Cell Phones On At Youth Group

The church seems to have this unspoken war on cell phones within the church walls. We always ask people to silence them, and most youth groups I know state that teenagers need to completely turn them off or leave ...

Open Letter to Volunteers

Dear Volunteer, If you are reading this, it does not mean that you are in trouble; nor does it mean the youth pastor who sent you this to you is upset with you. This is a list of things on their heart that they may ...