The Anxious Rantings Of A Burnt Out Youth Pastor

“I just want to get out alive” I told myself before a recent youth meeting. That’s when I knew it, I mean I saw it coming, I just couldn’t stop it. Burn out. I had yelled, “Why does any of it matter. ” towards, not at, my wife that morning. Is there a difference? Not…

Dealing With Pre-Youth Group Anxiety

There are weeks where I struggled with pre-youth group anxiety. I was anxious with questions like would the service go well? was I prepared? was the sermon good enough? would the students like the game? These questions were all part of my need to make sure things were perfect. Why? Why did I need to…

A Youth Pastor’s Guide To Self Care During Social Distancing

One of your main jobs is building community, which is tough to do in this season. Social Media was the extra stuff you did to connect, now it’s the only thing you use to connect. If you’re an IRL people person, all these video screens may have you stressing and I want to encourage you…

7 Ways To Keep Your Youth Ministry Connected During The Pandemic

Did you watch church from home this past Sunday? Are your Sunday service and youth group meetings cancelled for the next few weeks? We are in interesting times aren’t we? As in all things, we must find the blessing. Many have said, and it is true, you can’t quarantine the gospel. Many years ago, I…

Youth Ministry Round Up #49

Welcome! If you’re new here and are not a subscriber, subscribe here and get the Youth Ministry Round Up in your inbox.  Good morning awesome people, I love milestones, they tell me if I’m making progress. The next YMRU will be #50! This weeks marks the milestone of writing newsletters to youth workers for 10…

Youth Ministry Round Up #41

Welcome! If you’re new here and are not a subscriber, subscribe here and get the Youth Ministry Round Up in your inbox.  Happy Monday (or whenever you got around to reading this) The creative train keeps rolling here at Disciple Project Ministries. It kind of has to if I want to stay helping youth worker…

Youth Ministry Round Up #37

Welcome! If you’re new here and are not a subscriber, subscribe here and get the Youth Ministry Round Up in your inbox.  Happy Wednesday Everyone! If you’re having a meeting tonight I hope your stoked for it! I hope it’s planned out with some awesome games, a killer worship time and a message that will…

Stop “Surviving” Your Youth Meeting

Some youth workers don’t like their main youth meetings. In fact, preparing for their meetings make them anxious. For some, its the pressure to “get it right.” For other youth workers, they have a casual “God will do it” mentality and do not pour a ton of effort into their meeting. This attitude could be…

3 Keys To Growing With, Not Apart From, Your Children

“I’m tired of her looking down on me. I’m going to tell her the truth even if she doesn’t want to hear it.” So goes the recent conversation I had with my 24 year old son in regards to a flare up between him and his sister (26) at a family get together. They’re two…

13 Soul Stretching Strategies To Combat The Numbers Game

Is It All About The Numbers? Yes and No.  Numbers are always part of the equation if numeric growth is part of the vision. Youth Ministry is about relationships, the depth and feh quality of those relationships do not have to be hurt by paying attention to (not focusing on) the numbers. In carnally minded…