The Inner Battle: Overcoming the Frustrations of Youth Ministry

inner battle youth ministry

I am a fairly upbeat guy for the most part, but I remember a particular Wednesday evening when I came home really bummed out. It was homecoming week at our local high school, so most of our students were at the school dodgeball tournament instead of at youth group. Most of my adult leaders hadn’t shown up either, and my sermon had fallen very flat. After youth group, I went to an…    read more 

Going to a Youth Ministry Conference alone

going to a youth ministry conference by yourself

I’m extremely blessed to be at a church that sets aside money every year for me to grow as a Youth Pastor, and what that often means for me is going to conferences. For the last few years, the Orange Conference has been a pillar in my yearly calendar. I have to be there and I want to be there. There’s a number of reasons why it’s such a go-to conference for me, but…    read more 

Staying Relatable in Youth Ministry

April 28, 2015    
Brent Aiken    
Staying Relatable in Youth Ministry

For some time now, I have heard the expression, “I will stay in youth ministry as long as I can relate with the students.” After taking some time to think through this statement, I’m not sure it’s valid.   What is Relatable?   This is probably something that needs no explanation, but I am sure that there are many different definitions of a seemingly straightforward definition. Oxford dictionary defines relatable as two things,…    read more 

Getting Hit By The Waves

April 13, 2015    
Frank Gil    

We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 6:19-20 ESV) Have you ever been in a place where you felt like you were sinking and you were helpless in finding a way out? Literally, one time…    read more 

What the Woman at the Well taught me about race.

April 9, 2015    
Frank Gil    

A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” -John 4:7 A while back I was afforded the opportunity to preach in the main service. I don’t get this opportunity but maybe 2 or 3 times a year so I always want to use it as a time to really speak to our people at a level that I don’t get very often. I decided…    read more 

I Don’t Understand God Sometimes…and neither should you.

April 6, 2015    
Frank Gil    

Albert Einstein once said, “The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know.” I think that is also very true when it comes to understanding and knowing God. God wants us to know him. He gives us his Word and intellect to think deeply about him. I believe thinking deeply about God is worship to the one who is revealing himself to the world. Romans 11:33-36 says, Oh, the…    read more 

Youth Ministry is not the same as Youth Group

Almost 6 months ago, I got to inherit a great group of students by taking a new role. Our Youth Group has plenty of students that come every week, is filled with students passionate about growing in their relationship with God, and contains a large portion of students whose parents don’t go to church, meaning there is plenty of potential. But this group of students is just one of a few groups…    read more 

Why I hate Christian movies

I grew up loving the Buttercream Gang, and it’s wildly successful follow up “The Buttercream gang and the Secret of Treasure Mountain.” Trying to google that second title brought back so many memories of all the classic christian movies of the late 80’s and early 90’s that were ever popular in my house as a kid. But although the quality of Christian film making has drastically improved since that era, I feel…    read more 

C.S. Lewis shares his thoughts on Masturbation

C.S. Lewis is a man who’s writings have had a profound impact on my life. It was after seeing a one-man play of “C.S. Lewis live on stage” many years ago that my love for reading returned with vengeance after my apathetic High School years, and I’ve been a collector of his books and writings since. Recently, I read part of a quote of his from one of his letters that comprise…    read more 

31 Books, Interviews, Sermons, & Articles About Racial Reconciliation

January 28, 2015    
Frank Gil    

Here are a some links I found to be particularly appropriate for the discussion of racial reconciliation and I believe are fitting as we remember Martin Luther King Jr. A Time To Speak – Kainos (If you do nothing else, watch this discussion. It is worth it!) Beyond racial reconciliation – Anthony Bradley The Color Barrier: The Gospel, Race, and the future of Christianity in America – Anthony Bradley and Soong-Chan Rah Biblical…    read more