An Open Letter to Church Leaders

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 Christ famous.  I am also eager to hear back from you on what you would…

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 being in Youth Ministry for a while (12.5 years at Hazelwood and counting) is that…

Youth Pastors and Self Promotion

How many times have I unfollowed someone on Twitter because they link to their blog every hour? How many times have I rolled my eyes in a Facebook group for youth pastors because I ask a question, and instead of interaction I get linked to a blog? How many times have I had a conversation…

Editors picks 5.17.13

As we discussed our favorite things this week, we realized a lot of our contributors had a great week, full of blessings. We hope your week was one of success, that you got plenty done, learned a ton, and had a bunch of wins. If not, we’d love to pray with you and for you,…

Engaging students you have nothing in common with

Confession time: I like to talk to people who are like me. You probably do the same thing as well. You naturally gravitate to someone in a room who you feel you have a connection with. On Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights, the people I’m around that I have the most in common with are the…

Leave The Cell Phones On At Youth Group

The church seems to have this unspoken war on cell phones within the church walls. We always ask people to silence them, and most youth groups I know state that teenagers need to completely turn them off or leave them at home. But I want to actually push back on this and state that teenagers…

Social Media Responsibility for Youth Workers

At the pace that technology rolls out, it may be time to call “being on social media” as old school. The idea that church staff must be engaged on social media may be gone and the time for something more diverse is at hand. I want to offer something that may be revolutionary for some…

Youth Group Game – Battle Ship

We love sharing games we have played in our Youth Ministries with other Youth Pastors, and we’d love to hear what games you have. To the right of the above picture , you can click on Submit and share your favorite Youth ministry game with us. One game I’ve been playing for years in my…