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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Poll Question 5: How Important is it to Network with Other Youth Ministers?

If your town is anything like mine, your church isn’t the only one nearby.  And more than likely, there are other Youth Ministers within 50 miles of you.  Do you connect with them?  Work with them on camps, ...

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, ...

3 easy ways your Youth Ministry can have a greater impact in the lives of Students

Whether you saw 5000 teens attend your student ministry last year, or you barely averaged 5 (including yourself, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,) every Youth Pastor in any context wants to grow the impact their ...

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 ...

Intern 101: During the Internship

In my previous post, I pointed out how important the process of hiring an intern can be.  By working hard on the front end and hiring someone who is on board with your philosophy of ministry and works well with ...

Distinguishing Youth Group from Other Groups

A recent profile was done by The Associated Press on the rise of “Atheist Mega Churches” in the United States. These churches look exactly like most church services do–there is singing, ...