Where’s Your Zone?

I don’t think I have ever spoken to a Youth Pastor before without somehow or another┬ámoving the conversation to curriculum and event planning. I, for one, absolutely love writing my own curriculum. I love the freedom it gives me to cover the topic that I choose and address it in the manner that I like.…

Why your Youth Ministry should be more like Apple

One of the things I love about Apple, that I believe (because they tell me this to be true) makes their products that much superior, is their patience. They have plenty of ideas for things that could make the iPhone or iPad better, but they don’t rush the product, and until they can make that…

What would happen to your Youth Ministry if you left?

Yesterday, one of our contributors, Frank Gil, posted┬áthis He’s not alone, and I know many Youth Pastors are planning beyond their Fall Calendars and are thinking about the entire ministry year that lays ahead of us, and if you haven’t started that process yet, you should. Last year around this time, I was coming home…

Evaluating: Why It’s Crucial For Youth Ministry

How’s your ministry going? Good? or maybe not so good? Why? What’s going well? What are you doing right, and what is God doing that’s really bringing great things into your ministry? What’s not going well? Why is that? If this feels very uncomfortable or new to you, you may be suffering from a condition…

Turning ideas into plans #leadingup

Last week, I was having a conversation with a fellow Youth Pastor and he said something that made me laugh and cringe at the same time. It’s an experience that every Youth Pastor has faced at some point, but the times when a church member hears about one thing going on for teens within 100…

Youth Ministry and short-sightedness

I was shaped and molded into the Pastor I am today at Liberty University, maybe you we’re, too. Liberty gets put under a lot of scrutiny for many different things, but if you ask most of the students, at least from my time, one of the biggest complains actually had to do with long-term planning.…

Planning a Mission Trip: Making the Most of Every Opportunity

While most of the heavy lifting in planning a mission trip comes in the “pre-trip” planning stages (picking a location, setting the budget, picking the team, and nailing down the details), the importance of planning what happens ON THE TRIP cannot be overlooked. Some of the most incredible things that have happened on mission trips…