Kolby Milton

Kill The Program Now!

When was the last time your youth ministry program led someone to Christ? When I was in high school, I didn’t know Jesus.  Actually, up until grade 9 I had never been in a church building.  I was always the skater punk who didn’t want anything to do with religion.  Especially, those weird Christians.  I knew about Christians, but I never really knew about the God they followed.  I knew all the rules…    read more 

How To Keep Your Youth Ministry Small

Eight years ago I started at a small church with a small youth ministry.  I remember being terrified.  I had no idea what I was doing…even after 3 years of an internship, and 5+ years of school.  Bible college and seminary could never prepare me for what being a pastor was.  To be honest, it was a horrible year and a half start.  It was rocky, and I wasn’t sure I was…    read more 

Making the most out of your Time Off!

August 23, 2013     Kolby Milton    

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 experience as a youth pastor on holidays, I have learned that I suck at taking time off.  I think that a ton of youth workers are in the…    read more 

How to know when to move on.

March 20, 2013     Kolby Milton    

(This is apart of the series called: When to take the greener grass)   How long have you been at your church?   My hope and prayer is that you have been there longer than 3 years.  I hear the stat all the time that the average length a youth pastor stays at a church is 18 months. About a year and a half ago, I was heading into my 4th year of ministry…    read more 

How many books a year do you read?

October 9, 2012     Kolby Milton    

  How many books a year do you read?  This is a great question.  It reveals if you are truly a learner. When I meet up with youth pastors we often talk about struggles, or other issues that we are currently facing.  I love being able to help another youth worker out by referring them to a book.  More often than not, I get the response, “ya, I won’t read it.”  Why…    read more 

When to move on from a Youth Ministry position

October 5, 2012     Kolby Milton    

  This past year has had huge changes for me and my family.  In May, my wife gave birth to our second child, Estelle.  That wouldn’t be the only change this year.  This past June I accepted a call as youth pastor in another community.  To be honest, it has been a great change, but an extremely difficult experience.  I don’t think that a post is enough to state how the whole…    read more 

Entering Seminary the Right Way!

September 14, 2012     Kolby Milton    

Have you gone to seminary?  Would you like to? I read this post today from Ben Reed (not YouthMin’s Ben Read) called, 10 things I wish I’d be told in seminary, and it instantly brought me back to my seminary days.   If you ever have a chance to go to seminary, do it!  Just make sure you are set up to succeed.   Ben Reed gives a list of 10 things…    read more