Youth Pastor Spiritual Life

Are You Lazy?

Are you lazy?  Let’s be honest, that’s a pretty pointed question.  Most of us recoil defensively, but I think it’s a question we need to wrestle with if we want to be great ministers of the Gospel.  Last time I checked, the call of Christ was pretty intense, and passages like James 3:1 make it clear that we who teach will be held accountable for our efforts. But instead of just ranting…    read more 

The Need For Rest

the need for rest

So I recently celebrated my 15th year at Hazelwood Christian Church, and as a gift, they gave me a 1-month sabbatical…a time to unplug, rest, recharge, and vacation.  This was an amazing gift, but it made me realize a very important truth…I am BAD at resting.  I know that sounds odd…how can someone be BAD at resting?  What an odd thing to be bad at! I think we all understand that “unplugging”…    read more 

Three friends every youth pastor should have.

Every Tuesday morning, before the staff at our campus begins the day, my campus pastor calls the staff into the lobby for what he calls “Pastries With The Pastor.” He supplies donuts and other sweet treats and we spend the first 15 minutes of our day sharing highs and lows of ministry and praying for one another. Occasionally he will share a short devotional or thought for us to think about for the week….    read more 

We’re Not Worthy

There are mornings that I wake up and I don’t feel like I am the right person for my position. This happens for any number of reasons: I feel like there are a thousand people out there that could do the job better than me I wonder if any of the students even listened to what I had to say I felt like I just delivered the worst message in the history…    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 

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 

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 

Putting down the baggage of Youth Ministry

Sometimes a youth pastor, or any pastor for that matter, comes to a new church with excitement on the outside, but on the inside we’re carrying some baggage and nursing all kinds of scars. This baggage and scars may come from the way we were treated as we left our previous church, maybe even some guilt for leaving those who’s lives they spoke into. Whatever the case, the baggage is heavy and…    read more 

Wisdom for Rookie Youth Pastors: Personal Development

The old saying, “You can only lead where you’ve been” is true. Us youth pastors were once teenagers. We’ve gone through the fires of puberty and  have come out as stable human beings. Since we know what its like to be a teenager, we have the ability to help our students steer the waters of uncertainty. Yet, because we can lead our students where we’ve been, we are faced with the temptation…    read more 

Youth Pastor's and Tithing

My wife and I are going through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University with our church right now, and I’ve been diving into it head first. Never in my life did I think that it was possible for a Youth Pastor, on a Youth Pastor’s Salary, to actually be able to get off of living from paycheck to paycheck. So I’ve been researching bank accounts, reading articles, selling what we can, and really…    read more