Why I write my own Youth Ministry Curriculum

March 3, 2014    
Ben Read    

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 through a time of reflecting on what we hope this site does, why it continues to exist, and one of the things we’ve tried to do is figure out our main foundational purposes, things we believe to…    read more 

Looking for signs of growth in Student Ministry

February 4, 2014    
Ben Read    

I’ve been going through a ton of old files on my computer looking for something that a friend asked for, and in the process, I’ve been laughing at myself a ton. Designs that, at the time, I thought were my finest work, that now maybe 3 months later or 3 years later, I’d be embarrassed to show publicly. Or the very first sermon I ever recorded of myself, and how terrible I…    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 

4 Ways To Support Parents As Youth Workers

November 18, 2013    
Jeremy Smith    

One of the most common misconceptions with youth workers is that our job is to exclusively work with teenagers. The reality is that there are so many other people that we need to integrate into our ministry including school teachers, sports coaches, and the community. Of all the people you need to be interacting with outside of teenagers, their parents and families should be at the top of your list. How are…    read more 

Distinguishing Youth Group from Other Groups

November 14, 2013    

A recent profile was done by The Associated Press on the rise of “Atheist Mega Churches” in the United States. These churches look exactly like most church services do–there is singing, community, and an inspirational message. The only thing that makes them different is that the message doesn’t contain God. I must admit; as I read this article, I couldn’t help but shake my head.  The thing is, I can think of a lot of church experiences…    read more 

The Skinny on Students in Adult Worship

March 21, 2012    
Josh Read    

  For years, I’ve heard pastors, parents, and church goers directly or indirectly talk down forms of youth ministry that don’t include combining parents and students on Sunday morning. The argument is that students need to be around adults for intergenerational relationship development. While this CAN be true, I tend to think it’s a dream we believe but that doesn’t really translate into reality. I want to take a moment and really…    read more