Pastoral Resources

Are you coming to Orange Conference 2013? You could WIN

April 23, 2013    
Ben Read    

I’ve loved the tradition of making my way to Atlanta every April for the gathering of Student Pastors, Children Pastors, and Sr. Pastors that occurs at the Orange Conference. The number one thing I’ve always heard others say about the Orange Conference is “would the conference be of benefit to me if I don’t use the curriculum?” and I always emphatically say YES. Here’s a look back at some of the sessions…    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 

Heather's going to #SYMC!

March 1, 2013    

I am going to the Simply Youth Ministry Conference.  Tomorrow.  I just found out today.  Like two seconds ago. I really wanted to go, and for a while things seemed to be falling in place.  But then I had a few financial things come up, and couldn’t justify $400 for it. But then God did some pretty cool things: A fantastic woman told me that I could share her hotel room, for…    read more 

Straight Talk: Your first year in Youth Ministry

January 19, 2013    
Nick Farr    

Straight Talk is a series designed to highlight some of the most crucial elements of youth ministry that are rarely discussed. While some may not agree with me, I hope that each of you are open to learning about these topics. If you don’t agree…I’m ok with that! Let’s talk!  Youth Ministry is serious business. Frankly, I don’t care whether you are a “lifer” or “stepping stone” kind of man/woman. Your calling…    read more 

The Forgotten Essentials of Youth Ministry: Critical practices for smart, sustainable Youth Ministry

January 16, 2013    
Josh Read    

What is the big event this year that will grow your ministry? What curriculum will you teach that will have an eternal impact on your students? What message will you preach that will result in the masses committing their lives to Christ? Unfortunately these questions asked by pastors, parents, and congregation members leave youth leaders searching for the next big thing, or the next great idea that will launch their ministry into…    read more 

Getting back in the swing of things in the office

January 2, 2013    
Ben Read    

I took New Years Day off, and though I worked last week, getting back into work mode this morning has been rough for a number of reasons. As Youth Pastors, we have a lot to get done for this upcoming semester of Ministry, and getting started on the right foot is so crucial. So when do you get back into work mode after the holidays? Take our simple poll and leave a…    read more 

Leading Change without losing it by Carey Nieuwhof | Book Review

December 17, 2012    
Ben Read    

Carey Nieuwhof is writing a Trilogy of books on Change for Church Leaders, and recently I got to read the first one, Leading Change Without Losing It . If you’re involved in Youth Ministry in any way, I think this book is well worth the $5 it costs on amazon, and here is why: I believe the frustrations that come from working toward Change have claimed too many good youth workers from the…    read more 

Youth Group Game: Balloon Russian Roulette

December 12, 2012    
Josh Read    

We love games in Youth Ministry, and we always love finding new ones. Recently, we added a way for our awesome Youth Ministry Community to submit ideas, games and resources to the site, and Katy Johnston did just that with this game that sounds pretty awesome. Here is what she gave us: Balloon Russian Roulette. Call up four volunteers. Give them a garbage bag with holes open for their head and arms…    read more 

Starting out at a New Youth Ministry | Youth Ministry Round Table #7

Yesterday, a group of the contributors got online to discuss the Do’s and Dont’s of starting out at a new Ministry. You can watch our conversation in the below video.   Here are a few of the resources we mentioned in our conversation for you to check out as well: Is it time to leave your ministry context? Or to simply take a nap? by Ben Kerns Being Patient by Amy Jo Girardier   Related…    read more