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…

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…

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…

My Rules Of Persistence

Persistence –¬†firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition. I’ve been blogging for the past 12 years. I write because I want to, because I have a passion for encouraging and equipping youth workers and because nice people like you occasionally say I write good things (thank you…

5 High Value Questions You Should Be Asking About Your Middle School Ministry

This is the sixth post in my series on The 9 Dynamic Ways To Revive Your Youth Ministry. Click HERE to start at the beginning if you like. If you want to revive your youth ministry, look to the bottom grade level. Look at who is coming up from your kids ministry. Look at the middle school…

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…