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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…

Are you a spotlight leader?

The Orange Conference is coming up quick (in fact February 19th is a registration savings deadline!!) and so I thought I’d look back one one of my favorite talks I’ve heard in the four years I’ve gone. Several years back, Doug Fields gave an incredible message as he talked about the importance of being a…

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…

Help! I’ve Inherited a Team

So, you’ve started a new ministry . . . How do you deal with previous job descriptions and expectations? Put another way, how do you get your new team to start functioning the way YOU want them to? Here’s one way of making the transition: 1. Call a meeting of your entire team.  You’ll want…

Tips for Having “The Talk” With Your Students

This Fall, our student ministry tackled the “gods at war” series from Kyle Idleman. The series identifies false gods that war for our affection. From the moment we chose the series, I circled the date on my calendar when I would be teaching on the “gods of love, sex, and romance.” Every youth minister knows…