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…

HD SoundBytes

  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.  For this first installment you will find the HDYM PreService mix.  This is a high energy, modern mix that will help create an atmosphere that your students will…

Professionalism in Youth Ministry

Youth leaders, as a subset of human beings, are great at a lot of things. For example, they are great out-of-the-box thinkers, highly energetic, relational, and can survive on more pizza and Mountain Dew than anyone their age should. But, believe it or not, there is a growing trend in youth ministry that concerns youth…

Should You Brand Your Youth Ministry?

Branding youth ministries is not a new idea. Gone are the days of using a piece of clipart and a strange acronyms, like the phone tree and the disposable camera.  Youth ministry has evolved, and branding is something that is becoming more and more common.  The question has now become: “When is branding right for me?”…

Back-To-School Tips For Your Ministry

Whether your ministry takes a break for the summer, reduces or rearranges its schedule, or is business as usual through the break, there’s no denying there is a change in energy that first Sunday/Wednesday/Youth Group Meeting back.  The return to school and the advance into a new grade and, in some cases, a new school…

Ministry Gaming

Youth ministries sometimes have cultures of interest groups.  I’ve had youth groups heavily populated by athletes, drama students, musicians, artists, and even one time ukulele players.  Recently, I met a youth leader that had a unique youth culture that’s growing more and more common – Gamers.  Perhaps this describes your ministry.  Even if it doesn’t,…

Small Church Ministry in a Mega-Church World

Today’s climate in both the wider church and youth ministry as a whole is one of pursuit – we are all chasing the big guys. We go to summits and conferences they put on, shell over our budgets for curriculum and books they publish, we do everything in our power to mimic those megachurches that…

Managing a Micro-Managing Manager

I stepped into the head pastor’s office the day before our mission trip. I carefully stepped over my comedically long to-do list that was uncoiled in front of me like in the cartoons. The pastor had sent me an email that morning asking to meet, and as I sat down across the desk from him…