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…

YouthMin Facebook group is awesome

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 Facebook group, a gaggle of 4685 youth ministers and leaders (currently) from all over the…

getting youth ministry job

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, contact us at “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…

inner battle youth ministry

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…

parent meeting agenda

Parent Meeting Agenda

At HCCYM, we meet with parents a few times a year, typically at the start of a new semester, to go over the information for the upcoming months of activities, lessons, and regular programs.  We typically do these short meetings after church in our youth area, which allows families to stay after church instead of…

Replay App Review

Replay App Review

Youth pastors are expected to have a lot of different skills in a lot of different areas. This can be extremely draining for the youth pastor who is required to work in areas they are not gifted in and can steal your time away from areas where they are most effective. This is when technology…

Youth Ministry Roundtable

YouthMin Roundtable #25: A Successful Fall Launch

Check out our YouthMin Roundtable where we discuss Fall Launch events.  How do you define a successful launch to your school year?  What sorts of things have you done for your Fall Launch?  What has worked, and what hasn’t?  Who is your target audience?  Great conversation – add your voice in the comments!

inner battle youth ministry

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…

Summer Discipleship Transition

Summer Discipleship in Transition

In my last post, we talked through the toughness of the summer schedule in the youth ministry world and how crucial it is for each of us to find the “Summer Sweet Spot” for our summer ministry plans. That post was aimed at the woes of the programming world in which we operate, but in this…