DevelopingKillerSeries

Developing a Killer Series for Your Youth Ministry

I remember sitting down in my office for the first time as a full-time Youth Minister.  The books were all placed carefully on the shelf, my pictures and paintings were hung, and my office supplies sat expectantly on my pristine new desk. I leaned back in my chair and thought, “Now what?” I wasn’t sure…

crossfit youth ministry leadership

What CrossFit Taught Me About Youth Ministry

I discovered CrossFit in May 2015. I was an avid runner, pounding out mile after mile every week, which led to an ankle tendon injury. My doctor told me that I could still be active, but he did not want me running the heavy miles I had become accustomed to. My wife invited me to…

confessions of a gray haired youth minister

Confessions From a Gray-Haired Youth Minister

Hi. My name is Keith Parker, and I am a gray-haired youth minister. The truth of the matter is that I started going gray at about age 19, but that isn’t really important. I celebrated my 37th birthday this year, and I am in my 18th year of paid youth ministry. I have spent the last…

YouthMin Facebook group is awesome

Why The YouthMin Facebook Group is AWESOME!

Every day, my phone and laptop are inundated with notifications from Facebook.  Before you think “Wow, he must be a really popular guy,” let me clarify.  I have the privilege of being one of the group administrators for the YouthMin.org Facebook group, a gaggle of 4685 youth ministers and leaders (currently) from all over the…

Summer Discipleship Transition

Summer Discipleship in Transition

In my last post, we talked through the toughness of the summer schedule in the youth ministry world and how crucial it is for each of us to find the “Summer Sweet Spot” for our summer ministry plans. That post was aimed at the woes of the programming world in which we operate, but in this…

Discipleship Summer Youth Ministry

A Midsummer Night’s Discipleship Tips

Help, it’s halfway through summer and I don’t know what I’m gonna do!!! If that’s you, here are some thoughts on going deeper with students through summer. Remember: disciples must follow. Summer is a great time to dig into discipleship, but remember, with any personal or spiritual growth that happens, you have to let them…

inner battle youth ministry

The Inner Battle: Overcoming Apathetic Students

Having been a Youth Minister for over 15 years now, I think I have probably heard every excuse in the book for why a student wouldn’t be attending youth group or a summer trip. “I have sports.” “I have band.” “I have homework.” “My mom doesn’t want to drive me.” “It just doesn’t seem like…

youth ministry context leadership

Contextualizing Your Ministry

Context is everything. We understand this to be true about biblical studies, quotes from our favorite athletes, and lines from movies. But the same is true in our ministries. Context is everything. As we seek to be the best leaders and youth ministers we can possibly be, it is vital that we consider our own…

Why We Don’t Do Gross Games in Youth Group

“Pickled pigs feet.”  “Blended Happy Meals.”  “Live goldfish.”  “Cat food.”  What do these things have in common, you might ask.  They are all the answer to a recent question in our YouthMin Facebook group – “What is something really gross that you have had a kid eat as a challenge during a game?” Having grown…