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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…

Tour ParentMinistry.net with the creator

Jeremy Lee is providing an amazing tool to a select few of our readers next week; a private tour of ParentMinistry.net. If you’ve had any questions about this fantastic site, or how the resource works, this is your opportunity to go behind the scenes and see what all this thing entails, as well as get…

4 Things our Student Ministry is using this year

We’ve got some things coming up in our Student Ministry that we are preparing to launch that I am wicked excited about. Our school year here in Boston (did you catch the wicked?) starts in September, and so I’ve still got a bit of planning to do.  Yet, I wanted to share a few things…

TEC Students Summer 2013 Calendar

  Here’s a look at the Calendar for TECStudents, you can click on it to view it larger. A couple of things we are being intentional about this summer; 1 | Keep Momentum going New England is a ghost town in the summer, and for a generation, our church nearly shuts down entirely in the…

Planning a Mission Trip: Picking the Team

Once you have the location picked out and the budget set, the next step is to get the team you want in place. This can be a crucial part of the mission trip planning process. These will be the people that your students will interact with, work with, and learn from throughout the week, so…