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Youth Ministry is not the same as Youth Group

Almost 6 months ago, I got to inherit a great group of students by taking a new role. Our Youth Group has plenty of students that come every week, is filled with students passionate about growing in their relationship with God, and contains a large portion of students whose parents don’t go to church, meaning…

Why We Don’t Do Gross Games in Youth Group

“Pickled pigs feet.”  “Blended Happy Meals.”  “Live goldfish.”  “Cat food.”  What do these things have in common, you might ask.  They are all the answer to a recent question in our YouthMin Facebook group – “What is something really gross that you have had a kid eat as a challenge during a game?” Having grown…

Kill The Program Now!

When was the last time your youth ministry program led someone to Christ? When I was in high school, I didn’t know Jesus.  Actually, up until grade 9 I had never been in a church building.  I was always the skater punk who didn’t want anything to do with religion.  Especially, those weird Christians.  I knew…

What is Spiritual Formation in Youth Ministry?

In a recent post, I discussed the current lack of spiritual formation occurring in student ministries. The average student ministry engine is running good with bigger and better events while the hook of church consumerism sets deeper into our students’ throats. No, I am not anti-fun or even anti-event, rather I believe we need a change in emphasis…

Teaching to Everyone in the Room

After reading an article by Thom Schultz called Why Church Doesn’t Fit Most People, which was a pretty good read, I decided to write an entry about one of the statistics he used. Thom states that research suggests that only 30% or less of people are Auditory learners, meaning that they way they learn is…

Spiritual formation in Youth Ministry

The effectiveness of ministry to young adults has recently been called into question in many Christian circles. The student pastor who ministers to ages 12-18, have felt the brunt of these questions. Many books and blogs continue to roll out the statistics that reveal the diminishing number of students who remain in church after their…

Attracting Students to Youth Ministry

Doing Ministry just outside of Boston is often just how you’d imagine it would be. I’ve often joked with my wife that sometimes I wish I could be a Youth Pastor in someplace like Michigan or Arkansas, where you just announce the time of Youth Group and kids show up, because they know what Youth…

Intern 101: After the Internship

My first two posts in this series highlighted the importance of hiring the right person for your internship and making the most of the internship experience while the intern is with you.  This last post in the series deals with the most overlooked portion of the internship experience, namely how to encourage and mentor your…