Youth worker

Career vs. Calling: Making It Clear

October 4, 2013    
Josh Sutton    

We just wrapped up our Roundtable Tuesday and had a great discussion on Youth Ministry and the differences between Career and Calling. I wanted to follow up and write a little more about what I believe. Calling I truly believe that all Christ-followers are called into ministry. When you follow Christ he calls you to minister to the people around you, starting with your family, your work, your school, your city, your state,…    read more 

Take Care Of Your Body

August 26, 2013    
Josh Sutton    

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 at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. I know Paul is talking about sexual purity and honoring God with your body that way, but I also believe that Paul is saying take care of your…    read more 

Staying Healthy at Youth Camp

 The past 5 months for me have been a journey to eating healthy and being healthier as a whole! I was at an all-time high in weight, weighing in at 260 lbs. I have made some little changes in my diet and exercise routine and wanted to share with you some practical ways of eating and staying healthy at Youth Camp. Our youth ministry just returned from Global Youth Ministry camp and…    read more 

Giving Constructive Criticism

June 10, 2013    

Confrontation.  It’s hard, it’s messy, but it’s needed. So how do you give constructive criticism to someone in a way that isn’t rejected? I’m going to present a method to give it in a way that makes the other person feel like “Hey, I’m doing a good job, I just need to work on a few things” rather than “I’m a piece of crap and I need to go move back in…    read more 

Making Youth Group Resources you can be proud of

If you’ve been putting out quality print media for your ministry, but you want to take it to the next level, this is for you. Printed materials that look great are awesome. Printed materials that look AND feel great are even better. Never underestimate the wow factor of a tactile experience when someone touches your card for the first time. With this in mind, let’s look at two ways to “upgrade” your…    read more 

5 Reasons Your Ministry Needs Women Leaders

Your youth ministry needs women leaders.  Before we start arguing the theology of women in ministry, I want you to hear me out:  The purpose of this post is not to advocate for ordained women, or women pastors, or to argue the Pauline view of women. The purpose of this post is to convince you why you need more women in roles of discipleship, worship, and (yes) teaching.  We need to have…    read more 

Social Media and Youth Ministry

If you haven’t heard, the Youth Ministry Roundtable is back, and we think it’s better than ever. One thing that makes it better? We also brought back the Youthmin Tweetchat! We hadn’t done a tweet chat in over a year, and we missed the community that brought so much! When we combined the two of them, we realized we had something special. So here is the most recent Youth Ministry Roundtable, just…    read more 

What if God wants you to lead a small Youth Ministry?

April 8, 2013    
Ben Read    

I’ve been reflecting this morning on this one question, and usually when something bothers me I take solace in the fact that I’m not the only person who struggles. I taught at our Leaders Meeting yesterday that a youth group is interested in the many while a youth ministry is interested in the one, and since then this thought has been kind of eating away at me. Here’s the thought: If I…    read more 

Youth Ministry Game: Insta-scramble

April 3, 2013    
Ben Read    

We’re doing an instagram themed game night tonight with our Middle School ministry, and so I wanted to come up with several games that could be integrated with my personal favorite social network. This first youth group game, to be honest, is a bit of a stretch, and really is a game you could play without using the instagram theme. How to Play this Youth Ministry Game What we’re doing is going…    read more