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I Bought It…Now What? by Jason Sell

March 15, 2017    
Keith Parker    

Jason Sell is the Youth Minister at Lebanon Christian Church in Indiana. One of my historical struggles has been follow-­through on projects. Just check my garage and you would understand from the almost finished projects that ran into some complication. Somehow the persistent weekly schedule of being a youth minister who preaches each week and teaches once or twice a week inevitably catches up to me, and there sit a stack of…    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 

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 

The truth about deeper messages

November 7, 2016    
Ben Read    
Going Deeper in Messages

Chances are, if you’ve spent anytime in Youth Ministry, you’ve been criticized for not being “deep” enough. I remember hearing this from my Sr. Pastor several years ago, who laughed the student off because he knew we were wrapping up a 6 week series on Exodus, after having done 4 weeks in Esther, and we were going to be in Revelation coming up. The content was plenty deep enough, so there must…    read more 

Don’t Let Your Student Ministry Be A Birdfeeder

October 31, 2016    
Brent Aiken    
ministry birdfeeder

Biblical Training? Relationships? or Something Else? As we all know, discipleship is a term that has been used in the church and ministry for a really long time now, but I have discovered during my time in ministry that it comes in all shapes and sizes. One of these moments happened last night for me when we were getting ready for our evening youth activities. Most of our students had already arrived…    read more 

The Need For Rest

the need for rest

So I recently celebrated my 15th year at Hazelwood Christian Church, and as a gift, they gave me a 1-month sabbatical…a time to unplug, rest, recharge, and vacation.  This was an amazing gift, but it made me realize a very important truth…I am BAD at resting.  I know that sounds odd…how can someone be BAD at resting?  What an odd thing to be bad at! I think we all understand that “unplugging”…    read more 

What CrossFit Taught Me About Youth Ministry

March 21, 2016    
Keith Parker    
crossfit youth ministry leadership

I discovered CrossFit in May 2015. I was an avid runner, pounding out mile after mile every week, which led to an ankle tendon injury. My doctor told me that I could still be active, but he did not want me running the heavy miles I had become accustomed to. My wife invited me to try CrossFit, which she had been doing for almost a year. I wasn’t going to stop eating…    read more 

GAME – Full Speed Pictionary

March 14, 2016    
Keith Parker    
pictionary game

So a number of years ago, I was in a rush before youth group trying to figure out a quick game with minimal setup.  In a moment of inspiration, I created Full Speed Pictionary.  I don’t know if I invented it or stole it from the dark corners of my mind somewhere, but it has become a game our students love.  It’s quick, easy, involves everyone, and gets students moving. So how…    read more