spiritual health

Cut the Crap: Get Transparent

When I went to the Simply Youth Ministry Conference in March, I was stoked.  One of the biggest blessings that I had was being able to meet so many people that I have networked with over the last three years in the blogosphere.  I had some really encouraging and hilarious conversations with many people who have a decade more experience and eons more wisdom than I. One thing that showed up in…    read more 

Take Care Of Your Body

August 26, 2013    
Josh Sutton    

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 New International Version (NIV) 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. I know Paul is talking about sexual purity and honoring God with your body that way, but I also believe that Paul is saying take care of your…    read more 

Staying Healthy at Youth Camp

 The past 5 months for me have been a journey to eating healthy and being healthier as a whole! I was at an all-time high in weight, weighing in at 260 lbs. I have made some little changes in my diet and exercise routine and wanted to share with you some practical ways of eating and staying healthy at Youth Camp. Our youth ministry just returned from Global Youth Ministry camp and…    read more 

Is It Pruning Time?

June 5, 2013    
Brian Lucas    

This morning my wife mentioned she was going to trim our rose bush in the front yard and bring some of the blooms inside to put in a vase. I asked, “Why not just leave them on the bush so they look awesome in front of the house?” Her explanation blew my mind just a bit: “I have to cut away some of the full blossoms, and any dead or dying ones,…    read more 

Summertime Blues

Summer is right around the corner, and it is approaching quickly! I love being a part of camps, mission trips, and random outings that can only take place during the summer break. The preparation that is put into summer is all paid off when we get to see God move in our students’ lives. Summer truly is an exciting time for youth ministries! Yet, there is a problem. I’m having a hard time…    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 

Youth Ministry Spiritual Growth vs. Numerical Growth | Youth Ministry RoundTable #6

In this episode of the Youth Ministry Roundtable, our contributors discuss the old saying “What you win them with is what you win them to,” the idea that often times it’s easiest to focus on growing a ministry Numerically  with the fun games, great giveaways, and flashy events, but what most Youth Pastors really seek is the spiritual growth. Stay tuned to the end for each of the contributors Action Steps for…    read more