Where’s Your Zone?

November 11, 2014    
Brent Aiken    

I don’t think I have ever spoken to a Youth Pastor before without somehow or another moving the conversation to curriculum and event planning. I, for one, absolutely love writing my own curriculum. I love the freedom it gives me to cover the topic that I choose and address it in the manner that I like. Writing curriculum challenges me to push myself and my understanding of God even when I feel farthest…    read more 

Youth Pastors – Encourage one another

November 10, 2014    
Ben Read    

Youth Pastors, we all know the kind of job we have. Often thankless, often lonely, often forgotten. We so often hear stories in our YouthMin.org Community about the hurt being done to Youth Pastors by their churches, by parents in their ministry, by their Pastors. It’s not always the case, but almost every day, one of our site leaders talks with a Youth Pastor going through a rough time. Something like two…    read more 

Wisdom for Rookie Youth Pastors: Fundraisers for Dummies

I am convinced there are two events every youth pastor would claim to be a “thorn in their flesh:” fundraisers and lock-ins. Neither are what we signed up for when were called to youth ministry, but both are a necessary evil. Why? I don’t know, but I just choose to have faith in Christ and claim Romans 5:1-4. Yet, there is a way to take the sting out of these two events,…    read more 

Tips for Having “The Talk” With Your Students

This Fall, our student ministry tackled the “gods at war” series from Kyle Idleman. The series identifies false gods that war for our affection. From the moment we chose the series, I circled the date on my calendar when I would be teaching on the “gods of love, sex, and romance.” Every youth minister knows the sweaty palms and the lump in the throat that come along with speaking to students about…    read more 

Embracing the New Normal

September 24, 2014    

Carey Nieuwhof is a name many of you might recognize. If you don’t recognize his name, check out his new leadership podcast, it’s great! In his first episode, Andy Stanley makes a statement that kind of shook my existing paradigm as it relates to student ministry. “A regular church attender is someone who goes to church about 12 times a year, not every week…as we looked at our children’s attendance patterns, the…    read more 

Don’t Kill Yourself – Volunteers are Key

September 23, 2014    
Brent Aiken    

Volunteers… We don’t always have them but we need them. I have been in Youth Ministry for a little over 4 years now and for about the first 3 years I thought that everything was my responsibility. I did three lessons a week, scheduled a meal sign up sheet and made contact with whoever was signed up for the current week, spent as much time as I could with the students (which…    read more 

5 Simple Ways to Gain Respect from Your Church Leaders

Having been a youth minister for well over a decade now, I think I have heard all of the ridiculous statements and stereotypes about youth ministers. We are lazy, disorganized, and never take anything seriously. We only work on Sundays. All we do is play games and order pizza. And my personal favorite: when we “grow up,” we might “get our own church.” While I’m not certain where these stereotypes originated, the…    read more 

What would happen to your Youth Ministry if you left?

Yesterday, one of our contributors, Frank Gil, posted this July 1st = Fall Calendar Planning! Posted by Frank Gil on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 He’s not alone, and I know many Youth Pastors are planning beyond their Fall Calendars and are thinking about the entire ministry year that lays ahead of us, and if you haven’t started that process yet, you should. Last year around this time, I was coming home from our annual…    read more 

Hang In There!

Over the past few weeks, our YouthMin.org Facebook group has been littered with discouraged and hurting Youth Ministers.  Whether dealing with criticism, divorce, unrealistic expectations, or other sources of discouragement, many of our comrades are struggling to navigate these difficulties.  Questions of identity, purpose, calling, and even value seem to be waging war against many of our brothers and sisters in Christ.  In addition, many are asking the question, “Do I even…    read more 

What Do I Do All Week?

May 2, 2014    
Frank Gil    

You probably get this question at least once a semester. That one kid who is known for his sarcasm and snakiness comes up to you and asks, “What do you even do all week?” Don’t get upset. I know you want to snap back with something snarky and a little condescending but don’t. This could be an opportunity to show your students an inside look of pastoral ministry. Here is my week…    read more