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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...]

Numbers That Count

I have had many conversations about numbers this month… most of them are talks with leaders who are bummed about declining attendance numbers, some are talks with leaders who are excited … [Read more...]

3 Scavenger Hunt Ideas You can Use This Sunday

There’s nothing quite as fun as an old-fashioned scavenger hunt.  Ok, there’s a lot of things that fun, but it is a great way to have a good time and build relationships.  Here’s a couple of our … [Read more...]

Calling All Quitters

This is more of a call-out than an article. Last week I announced at my church that as of the end of 2014 I would be resigning my position as director of youth ministries. I’ve never been sure … [Read more...]

YS Coaching Discount for YouthWorker Movement Members

Whether you are a veteran youth worker, brand new, or somewhere in between, you can benefit from a session with a youth ministry coach.   Are you a youth worker in transition, looking for a job … [Read more...]

“Reclaiming the Lost Soul of Youth Ministry” interview

What you believe is central to determining how you do ministry.  That sounds obvious, but most of our belief/theology talk centers around what and how we teach.  The reality is that what we believe … [Read more...]

5 quick tips for going on vacation

It does happen from time to time. We all know the double work that occurs before you take time off, especially if you’re trying to string together a few days away. It usually results in a … [Read more...]

How to Get a Youth Ministry Raise

Youth ministry is a notoriously low salary field with many youth pastors and youth directors making far less money than other similar professionals. This hurts individual churches, youth ministers, … [Read more...]

Life-sized Chutes & Ladders

I know, that does sound awesome. I was having a planning meeting with my youth a few weeks ahead of our back-to-school party. I don’t remember what I said that was misheard, but the rest of the … [Read more...]

Why Purity Rings Don’t Work (and How to Fix It)

Take your pick of teen sex curriculum for churches and you will find a common outcome for the majority of them: a purity pledge often accompanied by a purity ring.  Since this focus has been so … [Read more...]

3 Killer Back to School Icebreakers

Students are heading back to school which mean’s its time for a new set of themed ice breakers! 1. Making the Grade People Scavenger Hunt:  The goal of this is to be the first student get a “100.”  … [Read more...]

Faith vs. Doubt vs. Wonder

So last spring I led a breakout session titled “Faith vs. Doubt vs. Wonder” at Faith Forward, a terrific new children & youth ministry conference in Nashville, TN. There are great, … [Read more...]

Living into the Vision

Since I was a Freshman Christian education student at Taylor University I knew that I never wanted to be “that guy”. I never wanted to be the guy that made ministry all about himself. I … [Read more...]

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork- Part 10

This week ends our summer series on Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork.  Our hope is that you can use all 13 principles as you shape ministry over the next school year.  In prior weeks we … [Read more...]

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork- Part 9

In prior weeks we have focused on the first eleven principles: Youthwork is – Family Based, Congregational, Relational, Discipling, Missional, Evangelistic, Holistic, Bible Based, Experiential, … [Read more...]

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