My Context with Tyson Herald from Danville, Indiana

December 18, 2017    
Keith Parker    
My Context

In the 13 years I’ve been involved in youth ministry, I’ve found that having clear expectations for my students and staff have proved to be invaluable. Having those expectations set out in a clear, easy to remember way is even better. With church attendance continuing to be sporadic at best, and everything in the world competing for our students’ time, thoughts, and energy, these 3 rules have helped shape what we do….    read more 

Contextualizing Your Ministry

April 28, 2015    
Keith Parker    
youth ministry context leadership

Context is everything. We understand this to be true about biblical studies, quotes from our favorite athletes, and lines from movies. But the same is true in our ministries. Context is everything. As we seek to be the best leaders and youth ministers we can possibly be, it is vital that we consider our own church’s context. Demographics, geography, economics, and past experiences all play a huge role in our every day…    read more 

Getting Hit By The Waves

April 13, 2015    
Frank Gil    

We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 6:19-20 ESV) Have you ever been in a place where you felt like you were sinking and you were helpless in finding a way out? Literally, one time…    read more 

An Open Letter to Parents

September 16, 2013    
Keith Parker    

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 a regular basis, I just wanted to say a few words that might encourage you and help…    read more 

An Open Letter to Students on Identity

August 19, 2013    
Keith Parker    

Dear Student, I see what is going on.  You might think it’s invisible to the people around you, but I see it.  I see how you are working so hard for approval from those around you.  I see the clothes you wear, the things you buy, the music you listen to, and the way you act around others.  Sometimes, I wonder if these things really add up to equal YOU or just…    read more 

Guest Post: We are not Jesus's Pimp

August 15, 2013    
Ben Read    

Let’s be honest. If we have something and we really like it, we want others to have it. This works with everything from salvation to Mac. Now, speaking as a youth minister, I want to share a struggle that all YMs should admit to dealing with and those who wouldn’t admit it should be fired because they are lying. It’s wrapped in an innocent blanket called “We want others to know Jesus” but…    read more 

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 is great and able to do anything; for example, having the king of the nation who is…    read more 

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 run without me while I’m gone. At the same time, I’m also preparing myself for vacation. One…    read more 

Can a Woman be a Youth Pastor?

May 7, 2013    

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 church to provide this example.  The SBC states in The Baptist Faith and Message, “While both men and…    read more