The Inner Battle: Persevering Through Staff Turmoil

August 4, 2015    
Keith Parker    
inner battle youth ministry

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 superstar of that team, every player on that team did his part. Scottie Pippen was the second…    read more 

Stop Asking Students To Do The Sinner’s Prayer

May 4, 2015    
Frank Gil    
alter call

I remember the first time I ever mentioned I wasn’t a fan of the sinner’s prayer. I was a college pastor in Tampa and I was speaking to about 50 students on a Thursday night. I quickly mentioned in my message that the call for the sinner’s prayer isn’t found in the Bible. Nor does the call for salvation require a prayer. You would of thought I said Jesus was a purple woman…    read more 

What I pray before I speak to students

Every Wednesday Night before the students show up, right after I print out the final draft of my message, I pray this prayer. Maybe not word for word, but this same idea every time.   Lord, Thank You for the opportunity to speak to these students that You have given to this ministry. I am not worthy of speaking Your truth into these kids’ lives, yet You make me worthy through Your…    read more 

Three practices that will explode your Youth Ministry

While I was in college at Liberty University, I took a class once a week for 3 hours on Prayer. It was one of my favorite classes I took while in school, and one of my favorite professors I had in college taught it, but a few years out, I wish I could go back and take the class all over again, because something that I know, and that you know, is…    read more 

Planning a Mission Trip: Making the Most of Every Opportunity

May 6, 2013    
Keith Parker    

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 have been spontaneous and unplanned, but I do think there are some general principles and ideas that…    read more 

On Our Knees

April 29, 2013    

One of my old volunteers was in town for a doctors appointment.  He’s one of my favorite people on the planet, and always a huge encouragement.  A few months down the road, he will take his entire family across the ocean to help start an online degree program to train pastors in a post-Christian culture.  Did I want fajitas with this guy?  Enough to pay for both of us. An hour later,…    read more 

Editor's Picks 4.19.13 – Dr. Piper taught me to focus on more than memes

April 18, 2013    
Ben Read    

We asked our team this week to recommend one thing they wanted other Youth Pastors to know about it. Here’s what they gave us: It’s OK to call yourself a Christian by Lillian Daniel Losing Focus on why you do what you do by Nicholas D’amico More than Memes by Jason Watson 7 things I’ve learned from Dr. John Piper by Mark Driscoll Bibles to give graduating Sr.’s by Austin McCann  Gospel-Centered Manhood…    read more 

Soul Care While Looking For A New Ministry Job

As I was looking for my new youth ministry position, I sought out a lot of wise council. I received solid advice about my resume, the right questions to ask, the right websites to look for jobs, and how to leave well from a church. The thing no one really prepared me for is the emotional and spiritual warfare that was about to come over the few months of this job search….    read more 

Guest Post: What we need more of from Youth Pastors

August 21, 2012    
Nick Farr    

Youth Ministry may very well be labeled the “best job on the face of the planet.” It reminds me of that saying, “if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” For youth workers/ Pastors, this is true! It’s a wonderful experience, and it’s one not to take lightly. The idea you get to pour your life out into students for God’s own glory is absolutely amazing!…    read more 

Free Youth Ministry Resource: Fall Kick-off Prayer Cards

July 28, 2012    
Ben Read    

Praying together as a Youth Group or a church for a common goal is one of the greatest things a Youth Ministry can do. So to help you kick off the Fall in a spirit of prayer, today we are sharing with you a Free Youth Ministry Resource that comes from our newest contributor, Youth Pastor Frank Gil. But thats not all, included in the download you will also get the files…    read more