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How To Rock the Youth Minister Work Week

If I have learned anything over two decades of youth work within the church environment it is that that the church is one of the most unproductive places on earth. Yes, I said it. If you are a youth … [Read more...]

What Part of Youth Ministry is Actually Your Job?

A while back we talked up the need to set up some goals in our ministry. I was thinking about how many of us have a job description that actually reflects what are jobs are about? Chances are our job … [Read more...]

Survey: College Freshmen Distancing Themselves From Religion

This year’s college freshmen are less concerned with their religious identity and more concerned about their future job prospects. Or at least that’s according to an annual survey, The American … [Read more...]

Building Your Volunteer Team

There is a lot of things that I like about “Building Your (Youth) Volunteer Team”, a new release from Mark DeVries & Nate Stratman of Ministry Architects and the folks InterVarsity Press. Mark, as … [Read more...]

Setting Youth Ministry Goals

It’s the beginning of the year which is always a good time think about long term goals. What goals do you have for your ministry this year? This month? For the next 5 years? I am not a big … [Read more...]

Use UltraText to Promote Your Next Youth Event

Let’s face it, youth are not hanging out on Facebook anymore, so all that time we spend there is probably now just for the parents. But they are spending their time in their phones, texting and … [Read more...]

the end of days

I’m facing a deadline. It reminds me of the Mayan calendar thing from a few years ago; the world ends at the new year. On January 1, 2015, for the first time in 10 years I will not be a … [Read more...]

How to find & download the free new album from U2

If you’re like me you were excited to hear that U2 had injected its new album into your iTunes, gratis. If you’re even more like me, you spent the better part of the last day or so trying … [Read more...]

10 Tonight Show Youth Group Games

Let’s face it, we are always looking for fun games to do with our youth groups. There seems to never be a point where we are not thinking about some game activity to get the group interacting, … [Read more...]

3 Questions

3 Questions is a program that we developed to help create honest dialogue between parents and kids. For some reason in a one-on-one setting there’s nothing harder for a kid to do than pose a point … [Read more...]

Youth Ministry Now

Stumbled upon this series of youth ministry lectures at Yale Divinity School today. Some quality youth ministry thinking captured here. NOTE: It isn’t the biggest of deals, but you might want to … [Read more...]

Getting David vs Goliath Wrong

Enjoyed this TED Talk by Malcolm Gladwell as he shares his new understanding of the dynamics of David and Goliath meeting together. What does this do to change some of your thoughts about David and … [Read more...]

Saint Patrick Bad Analogies

Ever tried to explain The Trinity? Apparently Saint Patrick had problems with that as well. At least he had problems explaining with some common analogies. Enjoy! The post Saint Patrick Bad Analogies … [Read more...]

It’s Friday Night And I Just – Just – Juuuust Got Paid

Note: How appropriate that I made a mistake with the title. Got, not God. Geez. (The title to the blog: ‘Nsync, anyone? No Strings Attached album? No? Yea, I never really listened to … [Read more...]

Standard United Methodist Youth Ministry

See what I did there? I’ve gone on a bit here and other places grousing about the lack of a standard of youth ministry, particularly within the UMC. “Particularly” because I’m … [Read more...]

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