Talking with Students About School Shootings

Ministry is about a lot of things, but a growing need in youth ministry in our current era is to help teens process crisis-based tragedy like a school shooting. Events like this are happening more and more often, and students have questions, anxiety and concerns about what it all means for them. Middle Schoolers are…

Ten Other Relationships You Need To Make as a Youth Worker

We spend a lot of time talking about relationships and relational ministry as youth workers. We focus our efforts on building relationships and connections with our students, while also seeking to lean into the lives of our adult leaders. Even in recent years, there has been a renewed focus on making sure we build strong…

Autism in Youth Ministry

I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with several amazing youth on the autism spectrum, and I have learned many things about the best practices in these ministry settings. The term ‘autistic’ covers a wide spectrum of individuals, each with varying degrees of challenges with social skills, communication, or repetitive behaviors as well…

HD Playlist: Worship

Welcome to HD SoundBytes, a monthly twenty-song curated playlist brought to you by HDYM to meet the needs of each area of your youth ministry service.  This month’s HDYM playlist is focused on worship. We wanted to offer 20 new songs you should give a shot in your services this year. Some are new, some…

Managing Dating Teens in Youth Ministry

When you work with teenagers, dating within the group is almost an inevitability. With a David Crowder slow jam worship song and the gentle hum of florescent lights, romance is in the air. In addition to the freely flowing hormones, ministries explore emotions and growing together, relationship development and personal sharing. It’s no wonder our…

You Can Do It (Too!): Worship Music

Small churches are often strapped for resources.  With that, it can feel like they can’t do some of the things they see bigger churches doing, produce what bigger churches are producing and utilize the same quality of tools that the bigger churches are using.  This series is designed to equip the small church ministry to…

Jesus was a protester, activist and God.

  Webster’s Dictionary defines protest as “an expression or declaration of objection, disapproval, or dissent, often in opposition of something a person is powerless to prevent or avoid.” There’s been a lot of media coverage lately about protesting. The West Virginia teachers, the nationwide walk-out the morning I am writing this blog post, #metoo, racial…

3 Reasons I Like Youth Ministry Networks

Leadership is a lonely place.  Youth ministry leadership can be especially lonely, as youth ministers shepherd students who are facing challenges and issues unprecedented in previous generations.  They sometimes serve in churches whose members resist their efforts to contextualize the gospel to reach students and find themselves in the role of trying to help these…

HD Playlist: Games

  Welcome to HD SoundBytes, a monthly twenty-song curated playlist brought to you by HDYM to meet the needs of each area of your youth ministry service.  The Game Background playlist. Focused on current youth culture and a few nods some retro fun. All high energy! Directions: Once you have clicked on the link, the…

You Can Do It (Too!): Websites

Small churches are often strapped for resources.  With that, it can feel like they can’t do some of the things they see bigger churches doing, produce what bigger churches are producing and utilize the same quality of tools that the bigger churches are using.  This series is designed to equip the small church ministry to…

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

It’s a tale as old as time: Boy meets girl.  Boy dates girl.  Boy brings girl to his youth group.  Love abounds, stars fall from the sky, and all is right in the world.  For a week.  Inevitably, boy and girl break up.  When all the dust settles, we are left in the aftermath with…

You Can Do It (Too!): Small Church Resources

Small churches are often strapped for resources.  With that, it can feel like they can’t do some of the things they see bigger churches doing, produce what bigger churches are producing and utilize the same quality of tools that the bigger churches are using.  This series is designed to equip the small church ministry to…