Great Graduation Gifts for Students

In our main Facebook YouthMin group, one question always pops up repeatedly around this time of year.  The question is “What do you get your graduates as you recognize them?”  There is always a lot of ...

5 Ways to Make Your Ministry Better This Year

Whether you are a big proponent of New Year’s resolutions or not, one must admit that the turning of the calendar seems to be a mental reset for most of us. Most times, we focus on our weight, our finances, or ...

How to Respond to Social Media Criticism Towards Your Ministry

For the past three months, I have been working at the headquarters of Youth for Christ as their Social Media Specialist to learn how to better engage people with social media and blogging at a local and national ...

An Open Letter to Church Leaders

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You might assume by the title of this post that I’m concurrently working on my resume and a blog post, but I’m excited about sharing this post with you and with my own church leaders as we seek to make ...

Avoiding the Holy Huddle – Challenging Students Beyond the Church Walls

I think one of the most important lessons we can teach our students is that the Kingdom of God is larger than the four walls of our church building.  When students graduate from our ministry, I hope that they find ...

An Open Letter to Youth Ministers

Okay, I’ve come to grips with it.  I’m getting old.  I have more gray hairs than brown anymore, it seems.  And I make weird noises when I get up.  So, I get it.  I’m getting older.  But one benefit of ...

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 ...

An Open Letter to Students on Identity

Dear Student, I see what is going on.  You might think it’s invisible to the people around you, but I see it.  I see how you are working so hard for approval from those around you.  I see the clothes you ...

Guest Post: The Throw aways

Every day, trucks go up and down the streets of America picking up discarded items from households. Things that are no longer useful, broken items, stuff we just don’t want anymore. This “junk” gets hauled off ...

Race and Student Ministry

I didn’t want to write this. In fact, I didn’t want anyone to feel like I was simply trying to ride on the coat-tails of a big event to get blog views, and perhaps that is why no one else wrote on this ...