Leadership

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 

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 

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 

20 Things I’ve learned in Student Ministry

August 29, 2017    
Nick Farr    

1. One leadership style isn’t effective for everyone. We’ve got to be willing to change it up depending on the person. 2. Form a parent leadership team. Ministry staff alone can’t be your only sounding board. 3. Over communicate. When you think you have, communicate more. 4. Gentleness and grace should be evident to all (Philippians 4). 5. Ask one or two trusted people to critique your messages (or even handpick a…    read more 

The Best Kept Secret of Youth Ministry

June 12, 2017    
Nick Farr    

Let me tell you about one of the best-kept secrets of youth ministry: share the wealth. Time and time again I see youth pastors hoarding all of the authority and decision making skills in their ministries. I believe that this happens for a couple of different reasons. When I was starting out in youth ministry, I felt like I had to have all of the answers. I was the “leader, ” and…    read more 

Christmas gift ideas for ministry volunteers

November 16, 2016    
Ben Read    
ministry volunteer gift ideas

I don’t know about you, but I sort of hate November in the ministry world. Hear me out, it can be a crazy month! You just got through the craziness of Fall Launch, which always seems like it was forever ago, yet also feels like it was just last week. Maybe you just wrapped up a crazy time leading into Halloween, maybe you had a fall retreat somewhere in there, and now it’s November. You…    read more 

Developing a Killer Series for Your Youth Ministry

DevelopingKillerSeries

I remember sitting down in my office for the first time as a full-time Youth Minister.  The books were all placed carefully on the shelf, my pictures and paintings were hung, and my office supplies sat expectantly on my pristine new desk. I leaned back in my chair and thought, “Now what?” I wasn’t sure what to do, where to start, or how to shape this youth ministry I was now leading….    read more 

What CrossFit Taught Me About Youth Ministry

March 21, 2016    
Keith Parker    
crossfit youth ministry leadership

I discovered CrossFit in May 2015. I was an avid runner, pounding out mile after mile every week, which led to an ankle tendon injury. My doctor told me that I could still be active, but he did not want me running the heavy miles I had become accustomed to. My wife invited me to try CrossFit, which she had been doing for almost a year. I wasn’t going to stop eating…    read more