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 

An Open Letter to Parents

September 16, 2013    
Keith Parker    

Dear parent of a teenager, Hey there. It’s me, the Youth Minister at your local church. I just wanted to take a few minutes and share some thoughts with you about your student. I know that no two people will ever see things entirely the same way, but as one who works with students on a regular basis, I just wanted to say a few words that might encourage you and help…    read more 

Instagram Won't Kill Your Ministry, But Something Much Worse Will.

May 31, 2013    
Josh Fuentes    

Many of you have read Daniel Beckworth‘s  post “Instagram Will Kill Your Ministry” over at If you haven’t,  please make sure to read his post before you read mine. First and foremost, I agree with the points Daniel makes, except for the part about kicking puppies, maybe kicking cats would of been much more appropriate. All joking aside, I appreciate what Daniel has brought to the table and how we should…    read more 

Can a Woman be a Youth Pastor?

May 7, 2013    

I have grown up in the Southern Baptist Convention, a denomination of Christianity that has more conservative and traditional views of leadership.  I was always told that as a disciple of Jesus Christ, it was my responsibility to spread the Gospel to the ends of the earth.  However, I saw no women leading in my church to provide this example.  The SBC states in The Baptist Faith and Message, “While both men and…    read more 

9 Ways to Always be on Mission

I’ve been spending a lot of time lately focused on the mission of the church, the mission of our Youth Ministry, and gaining more traction for influence for Jesus in the communities we have been entrusted with. Here’s 9 super simple ways that God showed me, mostly from Galatians 6, on how to stay on mission and always be on mission. 1. Know the State of those around you. 2. Correct those…    read more 

Being Too "Heavy" With Students

April 23, 2013    
Frank Gil    

Tomorrow I will be wrapping up my first series at my new church called “Response.” It is a series that I created, loosely based on the first four chapters of Matt Chandler’s book, The Explicit Gospel. I discuss God’s sovereignty, our sin, the work of Christ on the cross, and what our response should be to all of this. I am going to be honest; I really wrestled with whether or not I…    read more 

Planning a Mission Trip: Devil's in the Details

Let’s face it, youth ministers aren’t always known as the best planners. Sometimes, we do a great job of casting the overall vision of our ministry while neglecting the smaller details. A mission trip is not the time to miss the small stuff. Sometimes, missing a minor detail can result in major problems. As you set the wheels in motion for your next mission trip, here are some steps you can take…    read more 

Planning a Mission Trip: Picking the Team

April 11, 2013    
Keith Parker    

Once you have the location picked out and the budget set, the next step is to get the team you want in place. This can be a crucial part of the mission trip planning process. These will be the people that your students will interact with, work with, and learn from throughout the week, so choose wisely. Here are some practical things to think through as you set your team for your…    read more 

Social Media and Youth Ministry

If you haven’t heard, the Youth Ministry Roundtable is back, and we think it’s better than ever. One thing that makes it better? We also brought back the Youthmin Tweetchat! We hadn’t done a tweet chat in over a year, and we missed the community that brought so much! When we combined the two of them, we realized we had something special. So here is the most recent Youth Ministry Roundtable, just…    read more 

What if God wants you to lead a small Youth Ministry?

April 8, 2013    
Ben Read    

I’ve been reflecting this morning on this one question, and usually when something bothers me I take solace in the fact that I’m not the only person who struggles. I taught at our Leaders Meeting yesterday that a youth group is interested in the many while a youth ministry is interested in the one, and since then this thought has been kind of eating away at me. Here’s the thought: If I…    read more