Losing Your Faith In Humanity? Good.

I’ve seen various iterations of this “I’ve lost my faith in humanity” “I’m losing my faith in humanity because..” People post this because some, a lot, or all human beings have disappointed them in the moment or all that day. When someone posts, “I’ve lost my faith in humanity”, I’m not surprised because we were…

If This Is How You’re Measuring Youth Discipleship, You’re Losing

There’s a saying, you measure what’s important or even better. ” if it’s worth doing it’s worth measuring“.  Anything could be a measuring tool. Noah used the tip of his elbow to the tip of his tallest finger to build the ark. I bet he wished he had a tape measure or at least a…

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Ways To “Raise The Bar” In Your Youth Ministry

  Pic source Last night I got on a it of rant on Twitter. Part of it was reflection of my own status in life and part of it was my distaste for mediocrity in general. Here is my rant from Twitter: @paulturnertoo We should stop giving out attendance awards in elementary school because in…

STEPPS 2 To Sharing What Your Youth Ministry Is All About: Spiritual Triggers

In the days of yore, people would tie strings around their fingers to remind themselves to do something. Today we have apps for that but reminding kids about their faith in Christ and their place in our community, called the church is a reminder we cannot afford to forget. Yesterday I shared about the importance…

My 17 Most Popular Posts of 2017

These posts received between 1,000 and 5,500 views each and are not arranged in any particular order. Enjoy. The Wrong Kind of Busy Growing Older In Youth Ministry Sucks The Danger of Study – Preach – Repeat Real Youth Pastor’s Don’t Starve Losing Your Faith In Humanity? Good! Three Reasons I Live Stream Our Youth…

Youth Group Halloween Lesson: The Darkness, The Devil and The Dead

It’s almost that time. The time when everyone loses their minds in ministry and argue over that one day of the year. Halloween. Over the years, I’ve seen so much energy put into whether “the church” should acknowledge Halloween let alone leverage it to reach people for Jesus Christ through things like Trunk or Treat…

Youth Ministry Round Up #7

  Quotes Do you agree? 🧐🤔 pic.twitter.com/dYlkh4cz6W — Larry Kim (@larrykim) April 18, 2018   Don’t lose your pen! pic.twitter.com/363yw0RmR1 — Joel Comm (@joelcomm) April 18, 2018 Articles Justin Bieber Led Worship at a Coachella Event A Free, Just-As-Good, Alternative To Photoshop? What To Do When Everything Is Changing (Good for businesses, good for youth…

9 Dynamic Ways To Revive A Dying Youth Ministry

Many youth ministries are in decline and dying. Yes, there are cycles, ups and downs, and seasons, but there are some that are just plain dying. Some due to the reasons in my last post. If you’re one of the youth pastors whose youth group is in decline, I feel for you. I’ve been there…

6 Things That Will Get You Fired In Youth Ministry

I recently watched a video (below) by fellow youtubing youth pastor Delmar Peet, and he brought out some excellent points as to when a youth pastor should  be fired. I’d like to add my two cents with a list of my own. Sexual Immorality/Abuse/ etc. is a no brainer and is the clearest of the…

Why Cynicism Is My Best Pastoral Attribute

If there’s one thing that makes me cynical, it’s optimists.- Julian Baggini This explains a lot. I am not a fan super-optimistic, everything is coming up roses, and farts smell like new car smell, kind of people. I’ve always been like this and I have finally embraced it.  I was called a cynic the other…