Influence Is Forever

If you’re not a subscriber of the Youth Ministry Round Up, you can sign up here and get relevant articles, videos and more twice a month. Sign up here Watch this 30 second clip before reading on. A former student of mine. Mitchell, has a podcast called The Wrestling Diaries where he interviews people with…

Youth Ministry Is

I posted this youth ministry experience the other day, see if you can relate, Youth Ministry is…attending a dance recital where you watch 29 other dance routines before the one your student is in. and it got over 100 likes and over 70 comments. I asked others to share what youth ministry is to them.…

Rebuilding Your Declining Youth Ministry Part 4

If you’re following this series welcome to the fourth installment. If you’re new here, welcome to the party! You can start the series here. To summarize. Your first step to rebuilding your declining youth ministry, is not re-branding. Re-branding only covers up the internal problems that caused the decline in the first place. Instead, the…

9 Thoughtful Thanksgiving Ideas For Youth Groups

Every day is, or should be, Thanksgiving, but for teens it’s sometimes hard to be thankful during tough circumstances. So, what can you do to remind them of why they should be thankful? It starts with getting them out self-pity and getting their minds on others instead of themselves. Here are some ideas/projects/crafts that will…

Accepting Reality By Faith

I can remember when reality broke for me. I was sitting in my kitchen, praying or maybe arguing with God, I can’t remember. It just dawned on me, “My dream is not going to happen, is it?” My dream was linear, being a professional youth pastor for thirty years was supposed translate to making a…

Leadership is a privilege

Brandon Staley could not have said it better than this in regards to Raider Coach Jon Gruden’s toxic emails and subsequent resignation . I have been an imperfect leader/pastor most of my life and I have always treasured the trust people have given me. I’d like to think I have lived up to that trust,…

Can Your Ego Handle It?

Having a big ego in in church is like having the biggest balloon at the dart throwing booth at the fair, be prepared to get popped. Consider all the ego popping moments Christ endured, Rejection by his closest friends. Criticism from enemies and strangers. Insults from a dying man. Mockery from the religious while he’s…

How To Encourage Creativity In Teens

I picked up the book On Writing by horror author Stephen King. There is a great couple of paragraphs, at the beginning of the book, where his mother encourages Stephen to write his own stories versus copying the stories from his comic book Combat Casey. Within these two paragraphs lies a few keys to unlocking…