Starting out in Youth Ministry

Frustration in Youth Ministry

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A few weeks ago, I watched a few of our college interns interacting with a Mom of a student in their small group. They all knew I was close by if needed, but they were resolving the issue themselves. It was a tough situation in that a student in the group had started pouring out a lot of the junk going on his life, and the small group leaders were still processing…    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 

Finding Peace in the Chaos

For most people in ministry that I have met, vacations and time away from the ministry are often left on the back burner. This is something that, over the past year, I have found to be EXTREMELY hazardous to your spirit as well as your body. We need to have some time to get out and do things that get us out of the 24-hour-a-day mindset that is required in Youth Ministry….    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 

Kill The Program Now!

When was the last time your youth ministry program led someone to Christ? When I was in high school, I didn’t know Jesus.  Actually, up until grade 9 I had never been in a church building.  I was always the skater punk who didn’t want anything to do with religion.  Especially, those weird Christians.  I knew about Christians, but I never really knew about the God they followed.  I knew all the rules…    read more 

3 Areas of focus in Youth Ministry Organization

At the end of the month of July, I will finish my fourth year in youth ministry. I have learned some amazing things along the way, but something that I still struggle with terribly in is Youth Ministry organization. I believe that organization is key to running anything successfully, but it’s just not a quality that a majority of us youth pastors always pass with flying colors. I believe that organization in Youth…    read more 

10 things every new Youth Pastor should know

In August of 2011, my wife (then fiancée) and I arrived in Coraopolis, PA with our things packed in the back of our cars to start my first youth ministry position. I was thrilled. I had been hired full time. This was my dream. I was ready to set the world on fire and be the best youth pastor ever in the history of youth pastoring. As you may imagine, I was…    read more 

Wisdom for Rookie Youth Pastors: The Real Question You Should Be Asking

It never fails. Every now and then I always see a post, in the Youthmin Facebook group, from a rookie youth pastor asking what is the first thing they should do when they get to their church? And there’s usually two responses: build relationships, or get them on board with your purpose and vision. Yet, what if I told you both of those answers are wrong? I’ll be honest, the first response…    read more