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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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

The Youth Sermon Series Collective

Do you struggle coming up with ideas for your youth sermon series or small group curriculum? There are really two options. You can buy something already created, or you can make your own. The problem … [Read more...]

Hacking Youth Ministry

Have a growing population of homeschooling teenagers? I know we certainly do. Perhaps you have seen some of the videos out there that bring into question todays education system. Perhaps you have read … [Read more...]

WHAT IF: we stop teaching youth what we know about God?

Throughout the history of education (no doubt this ends in an over-summation) the current generation has buckled at the knees in an effort to hand down a set of knowledge to the next generation. … [Read more...]

How to Use Instagram for Youth Ministry

Facebook is becoming passe’ and image driven communication is an absolute must with teenagers today. One of the growing social networks for teen use is Instagram. So how can we use Instagram for … [Read more...]

What is Confirmation?

Had an interesting conversation a few months back. We were planning our confirmation process (which we will highlight later at a later date). There were almost no sign ups, even though we had a few … [Read more...]

Less Tech Less Stress for Millennials

If you are like me you look at your gathered group of teenagers having a discussion or talk and see a constant drop of the eyes into the screen of the cell phone. Could be a text, most likely a text. … [Read more...]

Youth Ministry Ideas on Pinterest

Looking for youth ministry ideas? Check out Pinterest. A quick search through has turned up youth room decorating ideas, games, bible studies, theme nights and much more. Here are a few of my favorite … [Read more...]

Youth Group Games in a Pinch | Identity Crisis

Whatever the time of year it is in youth ministry there is always a need to have some youth group games you can pull out at a moments notice. One of my all time favorite youth group games is one I … [Read more...]

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