9 Ways to Always be on Mission

I’ve been spending a lot of time lately focused on the mission of the church, the mission of our Youth Ministry, and gaining more traction for influence for Jesus in the communities we have been entrusted with. Here’s 9 super simple ways that God showed me, mostly from Galatians 6, on how to stay on mission and always be on mission. 1. Know the State of those around you. 2. Correct those…    read more 

Expecting the Holy Spirit to show up at Youth Group

March 5, 2013    
Ben Read    

Confession: I’m sometimes very judgmental on Social Media. When you post a picture of a Bible, a journal, and a cup of coffee and say “LOVE this time of my day” I write it off as fake. When you post a picture of a Bible verse from youversion, I wonder if you only read the Bible to find a verse to post. And when you post a picture of students with their…    read more 

How Mentoring plays out in Youth Ministry

March 1, 2013    
Ben Read    

When I was growing up, God used many circumstances and people to affirm my call to ministry, and one of those people was my Youth Pastor, Aaron. For the time I lived in California, Aaron really took me under his wing, and though he never explicitly said it, I know he was intentionally mentoring me, and I know I was clearly mentored by him. Truth be told, there were time’s in my…    read more 

Building a Healthy Ministry-Esteem

I think there’s a dichotomy of the way youth pastors, or honestly anyone in general, tends to view themself: Either we are incredibly full of ourselves, or incredibly unsure of ourselves. Put another way: Either we think we’re the “poop”, or a piece of “poop.” Either way, it stinks and funks up our ministry. Prideful people push others away. There are plenty of posts out there on pride, so I want to…    read more 

The epidemic of Immaturity or what Pride can look like

I pray the Lord would use this post to bring revelation to anything in our lives that is holding us back from walking in fullness. It scares me to look back six months ago let alone six years ago and see how immature I truly was. I don’t like failure or going through hard times. I have had the Lord bring me through schools before. I’ve gone through the school but failed…    read more 

Jesus Is The Goal

November 13, 2012    
Jeremy Smith    

What is the reason that you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior? You remember that story when things changed forever? Why do you preach the Gospel to others? My heart is for the lost, that is the very reason I started doing ministry and I want to preach it to the end of the world. The question is, what Gospel are you preaching? [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBGdiyRct30?rel=0&w=600&h=338] We want to share some ideas…    read more