Leadership

Skipping a Step in Making Disciples

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There’s a constant agitating thought that occurs every time I think about youth ministry. It’s a thought that every youth pastor is plagued by. There are so many Christians in this world, but very few are disciples. I see a lot of students accepting Christ, but it seems like very few are taking the next step towards discipleship. Sometimes I feel like Elijah, looking around for leaders that are furthering the cause…    read more 

What CrossFit Taught Me About Youth Ministry

March 21, 2016    
Keith Parker    
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I discovered CrossFit in May 2015. I was an avid runner, pounding out mile after mile every week, which led to an ankle tendon injury. My doctor told me that I could still be active, but he did not want me running the heavy miles I had become accustomed to. My wife invited me to try CrossFit, which she had been doing for almost a year. I wasn’t going to stop eating…    read more 

GUEST POST – When You Get Slammed By the Lead Pastor

February 24, 2016    
Keith Parker    
Slammed by Lead Pastor

Paul Sheneman is an author, speaker and youth pastor, with over 15 years of youth ministry experience. He currently serves as the Methodist youth pastor in Macedonia, OH. He drinks way too much coffee for his own good and enjoys a good book. It never feels good getting run over by the metaphorical bus. You typically never see it coming. The pointed questions come your way and you are shocked into the…    read more 

Three friends every youth pastor should have.

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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 another. Occasionally he will share a short devotional or thought for us to think about for the week….    read more 

Why The YouthMin Facebook Group is AWESOME!

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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 world seeking advice, resources, and encouragement online.  For the past two years, I have seen countless reasons why…    read more 

We’re Not Worthy

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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 what I had to say I felt like I just delivered the worst message in the history…    read more 

Frustration in Youth Ministry

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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 a lot of the junk going on his life, and the small group leaders were still processing…    read more 

The Inner Battle: Persevering Through Staff Turmoil

August 4, 2015    
Keith Parker    
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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 superstar of that team, every player on that team did his part. Scottie Pippen was the second…    read more 

Microwave vs Crockpot Youth Ministry

July 20, 2015    
Frank Gil    
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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 I feel like cooking. Like many married couples, when we got married we got a crockpot as a…    read more 

I Have Summer Interns Now What ?

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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 school. I wanted to give some quick tips to making sure you create a great summer experience…    read more 

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