Wacky Words – Group Game

If you’re like me, you are always looking for a great up-front game that is flexible for any group size, easy to use and explain, and fun for everyone.  Sometimes, games like that are hard to come by.  So, ...

Hang In There!

Over the past few weeks, our YouthMin.org Facebook group has been littered with discouraged and hurting Youth Ministers.  Whether dealing with criticism, divorce, unrealistic expectations, or other sources of ...

Poll Question 5: How Important is it to Network with Other Youth Ministers?

If your town is anything like mine, your church isn’t the only one nearby.  And more than likely, there are other Youth Ministers within 50 miles of you.  Do you connect with them?  Work with them on camps, ...

FREE Encouraging Instagram Graphics

Social media is a great way to encourage followers, including your students, their parents, and the church body you serve.  From time to time, I love to create some Instagram graphics that highlight a Scripture, a ...

Poll Question 4: What Presentation Software Do You Use?

One question we see on the YouthMin.org Facebook group often concerns the presentation software we all use for our Youth Ministry.  We know the importance of having the capability to share game slides, lesson ...

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 ...

Intern 101: After the Internship

My first two posts in this series highlighted the importance of hiring the right person for your internship and making the most of the internship experience while the intern is with you.  This last post in the ...

Poll Question 3: How Do You Unwind Outside of Youth Ministry?

We know that ministry can be taxing.  Dealing with problems, planning events, answering emails, talking with parents, meetings, and more wage war on our time.  It’s important to have an outlet; something you ...

Intern 101: During the Internship

In my previous post, I pointed out how important the process of hiring an intern can be.  By working hard on the front end and hiring someone who is on board with your philosophy of ministry and works well with ...

Poll Question 2: What is Your Greatest Source of Discouragement?

Let’s face it.  Ministry can be hard sometimes.  We’ve all struggled with discouragement in some shape or form.  Whether it’s pressure to “get numbers,” a leader who questions your ...