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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 

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 

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 

My Context with Scott Tinman from Findlay, Ohio

December 11, 2017    
Keith Parker    
My Context

YouthMin is highlighting some student ministers and what makes their student ministries unique.  We’ve asked some folks from our YouthMin.org community to share something that is unique to their ministry.  It may be a culture, an event, a fundraiser, or even a lesson series.  Check out this series of posts for some inspiration. Annual Chili/Soup Cook-off & Auction Fundraiser Every summer we as a Student Ministry have either a conference or camp…    read more 

My Context with Greg Jones from Greenwood, Indiana

December 4, 2017    
Keith Parker    
My Context

Over the next few weeks, we are going to be highlighting some student ministers and what makes their student ministries unique.  We’ve asked some folks from our YouthMin.org community to share something that is unique to their ministry.  It may be a culture, an event, a fundraiser, or even a lesson series.  Check out this series of posts for some inspiration.   Hello, my name is Greg Jones and I am the…    read more 

Helping Students and Leaders Own Their Ministry

October 30, 2017    
Keith Parker    
Students Own Ministry

Disclaimer: I have never written a blog post where I was preaching to myself more than this one. Here is a news flash: your ministry is not your own, and it is temporary. I just experienced this when I transitioned from a youth ministry I had led for 16 years and moved 6 hours away to begin a new youth ministry endeavor in a new context. The truth is, even if you…    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