New Position Advice Pt. 1

Today’s post is the first in a series of advice for starting a new position in ministry, whether it’s your very first position, or if you are an old pro. Either way, our advice rings true. Today’s Advice: Do You. The most common mistake a youth minister makes when they assume a new position is…

Don’t Hate the Player…

When I started serving my present church, I was confronted with a question that has become a large part of youth ministry. The question is: How large of a part of our ministry should games play(no pun intended)? First, some back story. Several years ago, two adults shared the part-time position of youth minister. They…

Line ‘Em Up

I like to break up pairs when I do most of my games, ice breakers or activities. It helps to keep cliques from forming, develops new interactions and sometimes, it’s just good to shake things up. In order to pair them up deliberately, it’s easier to have them in a random order. To do this,…

Amazon Smile Program

  I buy a ridiculous amount of stuff on Amazon.  A. LOT.  Sometimes it’s for the church, sometimes it’s for personal, sometimes it’s because I have a problem with impulse buying and my Amazon account is set up with one-click purchasing.  Recently, I found out that if you buy the purchases through Smile.Amazon.com, Amazon will…

Life After Youth Ministry Break-Ups

It’s a tale as old as time: Boy meets girl.  Boy dates girl.  Boy brings girl to his youth group.  Inevitably, boy and girl break up.  And we are left in the aftermath with two teens and one youth ministry.  I’ve seen it a dozen times.  Unfortunately, 11 of those times, the boy or girl…

Facebook Future

So…you use Facebook. Perhaps you have established a Facebook presence for your youth ministry. That’s great! Meet them where they’re at, right? Unfortunately, Facebook isn’t where they’re at anymore. While Facebook activity for those in their 30’s, 40’s and 50’s is increasing each day, activity for teens is on the steady decline. So, even though…

Un Vs. Non

When it comes to ministry, church and Christianity in general, sometimes we get wrapped up in the Un, Non and Hyper battle. What I mean is that we decide that everything we can support, enjoy and share with our teens or friends or anyone has to be implicitly Christian. Not just Christian, HYPER Christian. If…