Your Testimony is Important

When was the last time you told your story? Now, when I way story, I don’t just mean, “Jesus saved me.” No, no. I mean your STORY.  Colossians 1:13 says, “He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son He loves.” Stop. Go back and read that about 10…

Career vs. Calling: Making It Clear

We just wrapped up our Roundtable Tuesday and had a great discussion on Youth Ministry and the differences between Career and Calling. I wanted to follow up and write a little more about what I believe. Calling I truly believe that all Christ-followers are called into ministry. When you follow Christ he calls you to minister…

Giving Constructive Criticism

Confrontation.  It’s hard, it’s messy, but it’s needed. So how do you give constructive criticism to someone in a way that isn’t rejected? I’m going to present a method to give it in a way that makes the other person feel like “Hey, I’m doing a good job, I just need to work on a…

Youth Pastors and Self Promotion

How many times have I unfollowed someone on Twitter because they link to their blog every hour? How many times have I rolled my eyes in a Facebook group for youth pastors because I ask a question, and instead of interaction I get linked to a blog? How many times have I had a conversation…

The Key to Good Communication in Youth ministry

I’d like to say that when I was a student in Youth Group, I always relayed pertinent information back to my parents. I mean, I never missed any events and I always knew what was going on… but if I’m honest, more of that probably had to do with my Dad being the Pastor and…

The first step is always the hardest

What is God stirring in your heart? The first few verses of the book of Ezra open with the king of Persia essentially granting freedom to the exiles of God that are within his reign the freedom to go home and to rebuild the temple of God. As Christians, we know the God we serve…

Editor's Picks 5.10.13 – Training to Run the Race

Are You Tired of Defining Yourself? by Carson Weitnauer  Youth Ministry and the art of Running the Race by Phil Bell Can you hear me by David Grant The trainer vs. the Developer  by Brandon Anderson Dear Youth Leader by Greg Stier Bruises and Excuses by Jarrid Wilson STUDY: Texting while driving now leading cause of…

6 Ways to Have a Great Vacation

In my last post, I discussed three ways you can fight off the “Summertime Blues.”  I’m currently dealing with the blues, but this time around I was smart and planned ahead to take a vacation, which starts next week! I’m really excited about this; and of course, I’m making all the preparations for everything to…

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…