Wisdom for Rookie Youth Pastors: You Are Not the Pastor

Yes. You read that right: You are not the pastor. I know you know this, but let that sink in for a moment, because I don’t think we, as youth pastors, grasp that concept very well. For example, it never fails ...

Missing the mark in Youth Ministry

Every weekday morning (okay –  almost every), I head to the gym to do a little of that crazy thing called exercise.  Today was no different.  I woke up, ate breakfast, took my daughters to school and then ...

Why I write my own Youth Ministry Curriculum

We’ve been going through a bit of transition with YouthMin.org the last two months as some of the most active contributors have moved to new ministries, had babies, etc. etc. But we’ve also been going ...

Changing the Standard of Youth Ministry

One of the things that drives the site managers and contributors at YouthMin.Org is the idea that the standard of ministry that many youth workers hold to needs to change.  And we know we are not alone: There are ...

My least favorite phrase in Youth Ministry

“I just teach the students what I am learning in my quiet times.” That statement really bothers me, for a number of reasons. I don’t think any Youth Pastor would argue that reading your Bible for ...

The basis of our character is deep within

A man shows his character by what he laughs at – Greg Laurie at #R13 #character #pastor #youthmin

Raising the Bar of Expectations in Youth Ministry

Our YouthMin.org Facebook community had a great conversation the other day about the expectation of fun in youth group; that it often seems like it doesn’t matter how biblical your messages are or how much ...

Take Care Of Your Body

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 New International Version (NIV) 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought ...

Making the most out of your Time Off!

How many weeks do you get off each year? I hope that youth pastors get at least 4 weeks off each year.  My guess is that many don’t have more than two weeks off each year. We need to take time off.  With my ...

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 ...