Why you shouldn’t finish your sermon in Youth Ministry

If you’re like me, when you prepare a lesson for youth group, Sunday School, small group, or any other of your youth meetings, you like to have it be as clear and understandable as possible. We never want our students to go home more confused than when they arrived – that would just make us…

Teaching to Everyone in the Room

After reading an article by Thom Schultz called Why Church Doesn’t Fit Most People, which was a pretty good read, I decided to write an entry about one of the statistics he used. Thom states that research suggests that only 30% or less of people are Auditory learners, meaning that they way they learn is…

Why I write my own Youth Ministry Curriculum

We’ve been going through a bit of transition with YouthMin.org the last two months as some of the most active contributors have moved to new ministries, had babies, etc. etc. But we’ve also been going through a time of reflecting on what we hope this site does, why it continues to exist, and one of…

Changing the Standard of Youth Ministry

One of the things that drives the site managers and contributors at YouthMin.Org is the idea that the standard of ministry that many youth workers hold to needs to change.  And we know we are not alone: There are countless articles out there talking about nixing youth ministry as a whole; their arguments include but…

My least favorite phrase in Youth Ministry

“I just teach the students what I am learning in my quiet times.” That statement really bothers me, for a number of reasons. I don’t think any Youth Pastor would argue that reading your Bible for sermon prep is good enough for spiritual health, and I don’t believe any Youth Pastor would openly admit to…

The Gospel and Youth Ministry | Part 4

Here’s a rundown of where we’ve been so far! Part 1 – The Gap In My Ministry.  This post looks at how our students respond to questions and how this exposes their grasp (or lack thereof) of the Gospel. Part 2 – Why The Gospel?  In part 2, we look at two reasons we as…

Guest Post: Youth Ministry Message Delivery

Anyone who has spoken in front of a group of adolescents knows how daunting the task can be, even if you have a passion and heart for working with teens. Since they are literally between childhood and adulthood, they are a unique kind of audience or congregation to work with. In addition, many of the…

Guest Post: The Power of a Story

A few weeks ago, a volunteer and I were having coffee with a student who had recently started coming to the High School ministry I lead over… I knew there was something different about this girl before we met–something I knew was the case when I saw that she had shaved half of the hair…

How Not To Plagiarize

I listen to podcast sermons, like probably many of you do. My unashamedly favorite guy to listen to is Matt Chandler. If you know who he is, you know that his great expository preaching, combined with his humor, is something great to listen to. There has been more than one occasion that I hear something…