youth pastor

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 

Gospel Centered Youth Ministry | Not every student will be a Youth Pastor

January 12, 2015    
Ben Read    

When I was 15, my dad was candidating at a church to be their Sr. Pastor, and I remember that on our family visit to the church they had me sit in on the Youth Group to experience what could potentially be the group I would be attending. I remember the Youth Pastor saying something that stuck with me for a long time, and it’s something I know at times I have…    read more 

The Perfect Youth Pastor office

October 3, 2014    
Ben Read    

If you follow me on Facebook, you might know that I just started out in a new ministry position in Northern Illinois, and I’m super excited about everything that God has in store. One of nice things about my new position is this huge loft we have for the Student Ministries staff, a huge open room with plenty of wall space, high ceilings, and a great view. But it needs some redesigning…    read more 

Wisdom for Rookie Youth Pastors: You Are Not the Pastor

June 23, 2014    
Josh Fuentes    

Yes. You read that right: You are not the pastor. I know you know this, but let that sink in for a moment, because I don’t think we, as youth pastors, grasp that concept very well. For example, it never fails to find multiple threads in any youth pastor group that laments how their church isn’t growing, it’s dying, or the worship service is only focused on the adults. With a comment…    read more 

Missing the mark in Youth Ministry

May 29, 2014    
Ben Read    

Every weekday morning (okay –  almost every), I head to the gym to do a little of that crazy thing called exercise.  Today was no different.  I woke up, ate breakfast, took my daughters to school and then headed to the gym.  Parked in my usual spot.  Walked into the gym and proceeded to scan my card.  Here’s where it gets a bit interesting – the display on the card reader was…    read more 

Why I write my own Youth Ministry Curriculum

March 3, 2014    
Ben Read    

We’ve been going through a bit of transition with the last two months as some of the most active contributors have moved to new ministries, had babies, etc. etc. But we’ve also been going through a time of reflecting on what we hope this site does, why it continues to exist, and one of the things we’ve tried to do is figure out our main foundational purposes, things we believe to…    read more 

Changing the Standard of Youth Ministry

February 24, 2014    

One of the things that drives the site managers and contributors at YouthMin.Org is the idea that the standard of ministry that many youth workers hold to needs to change.  And we know we are not alone: There are countless articles out there talking about nixing youth ministry as a whole; their arguments include but are not limited to: youth ministry isn’t fitting the needs of our culture anymore, it isn’t growing…    read more 

My least favorite phrase in Youth Ministry

November 26, 2013    
Ben Read    

“I just teach the students what I am learning in my quiet times.” That statement really bothers me, for a number of reasons. I don’t think any Youth Pastor would argue that reading your Bible for sermon prep is good enough for spiritual health, and I don’t believe any Youth Pastor would openly admit to that in the first place. But why this statement bothers me is because it robs your students…    read more 

Raising the Bar of Expectations in Youth Ministry

October 25, 2013    
Ben Read    

Our 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