Essential Time Management

About a month ago I read an article by Carey Nieuwhof to his “younger self” in ministry about how to live and lead better.  As a young leader myself, I ate up the article and have read it weekly. One point that resonated with me was #10: Focus on productivity, and not just effort” Sometimes we brag about how we worked a “60-hour workweek,” but let’s be honest: what did we really accomplish? Why…    read more 

The importance of Time in Youth Ministry

February 11, 2014    
Ben Read    

Last year at the Orange Conference, the theme was Focus, but really it should have just been Time, because that’s what everything came down to. I remember how Reggie Joiner would bring out this big jar of marbles for every speaker that came on stage, and it illustrated the number of weeks that were left for this speaker before their child graduated High School and left home, no longer under their direct…    read more 

How Do You Have Time To Post On Social Media?

February 11, 2014    
Jeremy Smith    

If you look at my church’s social media feed on our ministry’s Facebook and Twitter account, you might wonder how I have the time to post social media while still doing ministry at the same time. It takes time to come up with ideas, construct the post, schedule it out, reply to comments, see what posts works so that I am coming up with the best content we can be sharing on…    read more 

3 Things To Do When Your Numbers Are Low

January 22, 2014    

We all deal with it this time of year–our numbers are LOW. It usually happens around the holidays, but it can also happen during Spring Break, Summer vacation… or just a random Sunday.  What do you do when your group is down? Be creative. You know those fantastic ideas that wouldn’t work for a large group, but could work for a much smaller group? Do it! Use the time to do some…    read more 

5 ways to get your whole church involved in Youth Ministry

January 20, 2014    
Ben Read    

This is a guest post from Helene Foust who regularly blogs at http://inumcconnect.org. After almost a whole month on the road and a super amazing vacation, I am back to the wonderful world of blogging!  I’ve lost count of the times I’ve been asked the question“How do I get more people involved in youth ministry?” during the month of October. I am excited that the question is being asked! Here are 5 ideas to…    read more 

5 Ways to Make Your Ministry Better This Year

January 14, 2014    
Keith Parker    

Whether you are a big proponent of New Year’s resolutions or not, one must admit that the turning of the calendar seems to be a mental reset for most of us. Most times, we focus on our weight, our finances, or our family. Today, I thought it would be good to focus on our ministry instead. I am eager to take our Youth Ministry to the next level, and I’m sure you…    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 

5 Questions I Ask After Every Youth Group Night

November 26, 2013    
Frank Gil    

We have our main youth meetings on Wednesday Night, but yours might be on Thursdays or Sundays. Regardless of the day you meet, I think there always needs to be some sort of evaluation of the service. If you are not evaluating how you are doing and how the ministry is doing, you may be blindly leading the ministry into a bad direction. After each Wednesday night I ask my wife and/or…    read more 

10 Things I refuse to do in Youth Ministry

November 4, 2013    
Ben Read    

A few years ago I wrote this post on my old blog, and I was thinking about it this afternoon for some reason, so I decided to reshare it. It’s a bit humbling to go back through some of these and consider how they hold up in my ministry years later, in a different context. Having a list of non-negotiables for your ministry is something I believe to be of great value…    read more 

Raising the Bar of Expectations in Youth Ministry

October 25, 2013    
Ben Read    

Our YouthMin.org Facebook community had a great conversation the other day about the expectation of fun in youth group; that it often seems like it doesn’t matter how biblical your messages are or how much theology you teach, if you’re not having fun then you’re not being “effective” in Youth Ministry. A few in our community shared how they’ve had their Sr. Pastors or other church leaders basically say that if they…    read more