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What Matters to Us Shapes Us

October 8, 2018    

Note from the author: I wrote this short article for the parents involved in our Student Ministry. Feel free to share it with the parents in your ministry. Like many of you, I sat and listened to much of the news coverage of Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate hearing. I don’t want to make this a political post, not even for a second. However, Thursday was a day that will be recorded in History…    read more 

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 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 

Student Ministry end of year banquet

April 19, 2018    
Ben Read    
youth group end of year banquet ideas

A tradition I picked up from one of the churches I served at was holding an end of year banquet for our student ministry. It’s always a huge way to win with families and we have been able to use it to accomplish a few different purposes. Our end of year banquet serves as a great way to send off Seniors, as we hold it close to graduation time, and though seniors…    read more 

My Context with Tyson Herald from Danville, Indiana

December 18, 2017    
Keith Parker    
My Context

In the 13 years I’ve been involved in youth ministry, I’ve found that having clear expectations for my students and staff have proved to be invaluable. Having those expectations set out in a clear, easy to remember way is even better. With church attendance continuing to be sporadic at best, and everything in the world competing for our students’ time, thoughts, and energy, these 3 rules have helped shape what we do….    read more 

We’re better together #OC18

December 11, 2017    
Ben Read    
youth ministry conference

I can’t believe it’s going to be 2018 soon, and writing that title with #OC18 was a bit surreal as I remember writing blog posts for #OC11, back when hashtags we’re a very different thing. The 2018 Orange Conference is coming up soon and there is no better time to sign up than right now. In fact, if you sign up by December 14, you can save $70 per person AND get…    read more 

3 things to remember when recruiting volunteers for your ministry

August 23, 2017    
Ben Read    
attracting leaders for your ministry

It seems like a million years ago, but once upon a time I remember nearly tripling the amount of small group leaders in our student ministry over the course of 8 weeks. It was an incredible experience, and an incredible time in our ministry. How we did it was actually fairly simple; a clear vision for why we needed so many new volunteers, a clear recruitment process with me and my team,…    read more 

I Bought It…Now What? by Jason Sell

March 15, 2017    
Keith Parker    

Jason Sell is the Youth Minister at Lebanon Christian Church in Indiana. One of my historical struggles has been follow-­through on projects. Just check my garage and you would understand from the almost finished projects that ran into some complication. Somehow the persistent weekly schedule of being a youth minister who preaches each week and teaches once or twice a week inevitably catches up to me, and there sit a stack of…    read more 

Social Media Tools For Student Ministry

January 23, 2017    

So a couple of years ago I created a Social Media handbook to train up leaders and students on the philosophy and the how-tos of Social Media marketing. We published it on YouthMin for free a couple of months ago, and we’ve seen several thousand people download it and put it to use. If you haven’t seen it yet you can go download it here.  I believe that tool is super helpful in…    read more