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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Frustration in Youth Ministry

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…

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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…

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!

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The Inner Battle: Dealing with Difficult Parents

If you’ve been a Youth Minister for more than 3 minutes, the title of this post probably resonated with you. Anytime you are dealing with students of any age, you are going to encounter some tough parents along the way. It’s a foregone conclusion in youth ministry that parents can sometimes be your biggest fans and…

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Weekly Youth Group Preview – February 4, 2015

Much like Frank Gil does his weekly recap’s of what they do in their Youth Ministry, designed especially for Youth Pastors, we’ve been doing a preview video for our parents. Here is our preview video we send to parents to know what we’re discussing. Along with the video, we try to include a few conversation…

Poll Question 2: What is Your Greatest Source of Discouragement?

Let’s face it.  Ministry can be hard sometimes.  We’ve all struggled with discouragement in some shape or form.  Whether it’s pressure to “get numbers,” a leader who questions your vision, a church that doesn’t seem to value your ministry, or parents who are slow to support and quick to criticize, discouragement can show up in…

The importance of Time in Youth Ministry

Last year at the Orange Conference, the theme was Focus, but really it should have just been Time, because that’s what everything came down to. I remember how Reggie Joiner would bring out this big jar of marbles for every speaker that came on stage, and it illustrated the number of weeks that were left…

An Open Letter to Parents

Dear parent of a teenager, Hey there. It’s me, the Youth Minister at your local church. I just wanted to take a few minutes and share some thoughts with you about your student. I know that no two people will ever see things entirely the same way, but as one who works with students on…