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Celebrate EVERY victory in Youth Ministry

Facebook and Instagram in my life are basically just for following other Youth Pastors and ministries. Helping to run the YouthMin.org Facebook community and being involved in several other groups, I see hardly any updates on my newsfeed that aren’t coming from a youth worker. I say that because that means that most Sundays and…

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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…

confessions of a gray haired youth minister

Confessions From a Gray-Haired Youth Minister

Hi. My name is Keith Parker, and I am a gray-haired youth minister. The truth of the matter is that I started going gray at about age 19, but that isn’t really important. I celebrated my 37th birthday this year, and I am in my 18th year of paid youth ministry. I have spent the last…

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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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Trusting that God is in Control

I love the church I get to do ministry at. I just celebrated one year in this position, and I’ve been enjoying looking through my TimeHop and seeing all the pictures from moving into our house, and first night at Youth Group, and all of that. But I was in conversation with our church for…

Having Fun Student Ministry

Having Fun in Youth Ministry (Guest Post from Jason Walters)

Thankful to Jason Walters for this guest post.  If you’re interested in writing a guest post for YouthMin.org, contact us at kparker170@gmail.com. “One of the most effective ways to stay connected to your kids is to have fun with them.” – Reggie Joiner It seems like a debate as old as time.  “How much fun…

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The Inner Battle: Balancing Family and Ministry

“Daddy!” My 5-year old boy Matthew came running, arms wide open, plowing into my legs at Mach 3 to welcome me home for the evening. He had experienced his first day of kindergarten, and was eager to tell me about all the amazing things he had done and new friends he had made. Sounds like…