6 Reasons to Teach Church History to Your Students

I went on a rant a couple weeks ago. I was reading though my Twitter timeline and started thinking about how much we need to discuss and know Church History today. When I was in Bible College I took Church History ...

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 ...

Why The Gospel?

Part 2 of a Gospel and Students Series. This is not necessarily a fun post to write, but before we’re able to talk about the Gospel, we have to understand WHY we (and our students) need it.  This post is ...

Women in Youth Ministry: My Story

I broke the youth minister mold, and I am admittedly proud of it.  I’m young, I’m single, I’m female.  Yet at about 23, I’ve already had multiple internships in churches of differing sizes and served as ...

Arminianism and Youth Ministry

[To see the companion post that goes with this article and presents a different viewpoint, visit: Calvinism and Student Ministry] My fellow YouthMin.org contributor Frank Gil hit the nail on the head when he wrote, ...

Calvinism and Student Ministry

[To see the companion post that goes with this article and presents a different viewpoint, visit: Arminianism and Student Ministry ] UGH! I know, right! Calvinism?! Don’t bring that up on a youth ministry ...

Guest Post: What we need more of from Youth Pastors

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/ ...

Purity, Pride, and Our Warning

Today, my reading was in 1 Samuel 4 where Israel goes to war with the Philistines. This passage is powerful for many reasons, especially how it illustrates the effects of sin and purity. To put this chapter in ...

Hellbound? Talking about heaven and hell in youth ministry

Last year, there was much discussion about the existence of hell, who goes there, why people go there, and how a loving God could send someone, anyone, to hell. Now there is a documentary coming to theatres that ...

Basic Theology essential to effective Youth Ministry

Here in Massachusetts, our school year (and Ministry year) doesn’t start until after Labor day, and so while many of you are getting close to kicking off Youth Ministry for the fall, we are still in a bit of a ...