The Prosperity Gospel and Youth Ministry

September 24, 2018    
Keith Parker    

If you’ve been around Christianity for any amount of time, you have no doubt been exposed to the Prosperity Gospel.  This “health and wealth” version of the Word of God started as a movement around 1940, and has taken various forms and nuances ever since.  In short, this “gospel” says that God wants all devoted Christians to have spiritual, financial, and physical blessings, and that He works to that end for all…    read more 

5 fresh themes for Youth Ministry Halloween parties

September 20, 2018    
Ben Read    
youth ministry halloween ideas

With Halloween falling on a Wednesday this year, we know many Youth Groups are looking for something to do with the night being a Youth Group night. Whatever your views about halloween, providing a safe and fun place for students to dress up can be used for good. We know one of the biggest concerns of some churches is students dressing up in non-appropriate costumes. One thing we have learned that helps…    read more 

Investing in Youth Ministry Volunteers during Fall Kick off

August 13, 2018    
Ben Read    

NOTE: This one is from the archives (August 6, 2012) It’s a busy season for us in Boston. Our Youth Ministry is still a few weeks away from launching for the fall, and we are in the midst of heavy planning of sermons for now through may, small group curriculum writing, event planning, and much more. It’s supposed to still be “Vacation” but I know I’ll be in need of one as…    read more 

15 Places To Find Volunteers For Ministry

June 18, 2018    
Jeremy Smith    

  Working with a military youth ministry, we have families that are coming and going onto this base all the time. That means I need to hold on to my volunteers loosely and always be ready to lose a few volunteers if they have to move on. This means that I am getting good at giving the pitch to potential volunteers, communicating the need to them, and having a surplus of volunteers…    read more 

Guard Your Heart

June 12, 2018    
Keith Parker    
Guard Your Heart

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”  -Proverbs 4:23 “Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” -1 Timothy 4:16 The Word of God is clear – God requires holiness, integrity, and virtue of His people.  The pages of the Bible are full of reminders, admonitions, and exhortations to remain holy as God…    read more 

3 ways to help welcome incoming elementary students to Youth Group

May 30, 2018    
Ben Read    
the transition from kids ministry to youth group

Hopefully at this point in the year, you’ve already done something to communicate with Parents of students who will soon be moving from your church’s elementary ministry to your youth ministry. For many of in our community, we’ve got a hand in both ministries, so it feels like the transition might be negligible. But if you’ve had kids of your own make this transition, you’ve probably seen that no matter what, this…    read more 

Three things to ensure you leave a ministry well

May 29, 2018    
Ben Read    

One of the hardest things to do as a Youth Pastor is to leave a Youth Ministry. I don’t think I have ever met a Youth Pastor who left a church because of the students he/she pastored.  It’s always for another reason, and after spending a significant time pastoring students, leaving is extremely tough to do. We like to think we made a significant impact in their lives, and we know that…    read more 

5 Signs You Might Be Building the Wrong Kingdom

May 22, 2018    
Keith Parker    

What Kingdom are you building?  I’m not sure there is any more important question to ask, particularly for those of us in full-time ministry.  I don’t think anyone enters ministry with a deliberate intention of gaining notoriety, being respected, or having a “following.”  I believe most people enter the ministry with the best of intentions – to introduce people to the hope, joy and peace that come from following Jesus. But somewhere…    read more 

How NOT to Treat Your Summer Interns

May 14, 2018    
summer internship ministry

  Many Student Ministries across the country are privileged to have summer interns, but the reality is, many Youth Pastors are clueless when it comes to leading these new additions each year.  Here are a few examples of how NOT to treat your Summer Interns: 1.  TREAT THEM LIKE SLAVES I know what you’re thinking… “but this is the only time of the year I have any help so I’m going to…    read more