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Three friends every youth pastor should have.

Every Tuesday morning, before the staff at our campus begins the day, my campus pastor calls the staff into the lobby for what he calls “Pastries With The Pastor.” He supplies donuts and other sweet treats and we spend the first 15 minutes of our day sharing highs and lows of ministry and praying for one…

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Why The YouthMin Facebook Group is AWESOME!

Every day, my phone and laptop are inundated with notifications from Facebook.  Before you think “Wow, he must be a really popular guy,” let me clarify.  I have the privilege of being one of the group administrators for the YouthMin.org Facebook group, a gaggle of 4685 youth ministers and leaders (currently) from all over the…

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We’re Not Worthy

There are mornings that I wake up and I don’t feel like I am the right person for my position. This happens for any number of reasons: I feel like there are a thousand people out there that could do the job better than me I wonder if any of the students even listened to…

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Frustration in Youth Ministry

A few weeks ago, I watched a few of our college interns interacting with a Mom of a student in their small group. They all knew I was close by if needed, but they were resolving the issue themselves. It was a tough situation in that a student in the group had started pouring out…

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The Inner Battle: Persevering Through Staff Turmoil

Teamwork can be one of the most amazing and powerful forces on the planet. When a team is functioning well, working together toward a singular goal, it can be a thing of beauty. I remember watching the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s, arguably the best basketball team in history. While Michael Jordan was obviously the…

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Microwave vs Crockpot Youth Ministry

My wife is a vegetarian. I am still praying that sanctification will fix that. We have been married for over 6 years now and we still don’t know how to go grocery shopping. What ends up happening usually is me buying tons of frozen food with an occasional steak or package of chicken for when…

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I Have Summer Interns Now What ?

This summer, you might be like our ministry and offer a summer internship. We are allowing three students to intern for the summer with our student ministry. All three of our student interns are involved and strong leaders in our ministry. Two of our summer interns are juniors, and we have one senior from high…

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5 Resources to grow as a Student Pastor

I had to change the title because initially it was “5 Resources to grow as a Student Ministry Leader” which can be a bit confusing. When I speak of Leaders in Student Ministry I often mean one of two very different things. In person, I am usually talking about the incredible adults connected with our…

Slow Down Your Leadership

There’s an old African proverb that says, “alone we go fast, together we go far.” You might get things done quickly, but if you’re not giving away leadership to willing and awesome leaders on your team, you’ll find that the only place you’re headed is burnout. And you’ll get there real fast. Try these three…