An Open Letter to Parents

Dear parent of a teenager, Hey there. It’s me, the Youth Minister at your local church. I just wanted to take a few minutes and share some thoughts with you about your student. I know that no two people will ever see things entirely the same way, but as one who works with students on…

Can a Woman be a Youth Pastor?

I have grown up in the Southern Baptist Convention, a denomination of Christianity that has more conservative and traditional views of leadership.  I was always told that as a disciple of Jesus Christ, it was my responsibility to spread the Gospel to the ends of the earth.  However, I saw no women leading in my…

9 Ways to Always be on Mission

I’ve been spending a lot of time lately focused on the mission of the church, the mission of our Youth Ministry, and gaining more traction for influence for Jesus in the communities we have been entrusted with. Here’s 9 super simple ways that God showed me, mostly from Galatians 6, on how to stay on…

Being Too "Heavy" With Students

Tomorrow I will be wrapping up my first series at my new church called “Response.” It is a series that I created, loosely based on the first four chapters of Matt Chandler’s book, The Explicit Gospel. I discuss God’s sovereignty, our sin, the work of Christ on the cross, and what our response should be to…

Planning a Mission Trip: Devil's in the Details

Let’s face it, youth ministers aren’t always known as the best planners. Sometimes, we do a great job of casting the overall vision of our ministry while neglecting the smaller details. A mission trip is not the time to miss the small stuff. Sometimes, missing a minor detail can result in major problems. As you…

Planning a Mission Trip: Picking the Team

Once you have the location picked out and the budget set, the next step is to get the team you want in place. This can be a crucial part of the mission trip planning process. These will be the people that your students will interact with, work with, and learn from throughout the week, so…

Social Media and Youth Ministry

If you haven’t heard, the Youth Ministry Roundtable is back, and we think it’s better than ever. One thing that makes it better? We also brought back the Youthmin Tweetchat! We hadn’t done a tweet chat in over a year, and we missed the community that brought so much! When we combined the two of…

Are You Lazy?

Are you lazy?  Let’s be honest, that’s a pretty pointed question.  Most of us recoil defensively, but I think it’s a question we need to wrestle with if we want to be great ministers of the Gospel.  Last time I checked, the call of Christ was pretty intense, and passages like James 3:1 make it…

What if God wants you to lead a small Youth Ministry?

I’ve been reflecting this morning on this one question, and usually when something bothers me I take solace in the fact that I’m not the only person who struggles. I taught at our Leaders Meeting yesterday that a youth group is interested in the many while a youth ministry is interested in the one, and…