Don’t Forget about Yourself (YMLX 2018)

As the Youth Ministry Leadership Exchange came to a close, the team from Orange, DYM, and Fuller urged us to turn our focus inward. While we all probably agree that we should put God first and others second by serving them, so often in ministry, we completely about ourselves. And yes, we should be serving, … Continue reading Don’t Forget about Yourself (YMLX 2018)

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Creating Safe Places in our Ministries (YMLX 2018)

Day 3 at the Youth Ministry Leadership Exchange started to bring it home and get a lot more practical. Tom Shefchunas and an expert panel talked about the real parts of ministry -- how are we creating safe environments for students to share their struggles? Tom started by sharing some of the questions he has been … Continue reading Creating Safe Places in our Ministries (YMLX 2018)

Partnering with Parents (YMLX 2018)

As day 2 of the Youth Ministry Leadership Exchange came to a close, we moved to the topic of parents. Specifically, we talked about the importance of partnering with them in our student ministries. It all started with a comedy routine from Andy Stanley's son, Andrew, who was hilarious. Then, Kara Powell, Kristen Ivy, Reggie Joiner, … Continue reading Partnering with Parents (YMLX 2018)

Keys to Connecting with our Culture (YMLX 2018)

One of the topics the leadership beyond the Youth Ministry Leadership Exchange felt it was important to tackle was that of culture. More specifically, before we headed to dinner on day 2, we talked about how to connect with the culture around us. Jeremy Del Rio, Jon Acuff, Dave Adamson, and a panel of experts … Continue reading Keys to Connecting with our Culture (YMLX 2018)

Building, Equipping, and Empowering a Student Ministry Team (YMLX 2018)

Day 2 was packed with great information and encouragement at the Youth Ministry Leadership Exchange. On top of change, we also talked about our teams and the importance of equipping and empowering them in order to set them up for success. Student ministry is much larger than just me, the lead youth worker. We need … Continue reading Building, Equipping, and Empowering a Student Ministry Team (YMLX 2018)

Navigating Change in Church & Student Ministry (YMLX 2018)

Day 2 at the Youth Ministry Leadership Exchange was packed with amazing content. It all started off with several sessions on the topic of change. It's something with which many people in student ministry are familiar, but we don't always do the best job of implementing it and/or navigating it. So, Doug Fields, Charles T. Lee, … Continue reading Navigating Change in Church & Student Ministry (YMLX 2018)

The Importance of Strategy in Student Ministry (YMLX 2018)

Today kicked off the very first Youth Ministry Leadership Exchange, the product of a combined effort between Orange, Download Youth Ministry, and Fuller Youth Institute. Approximately 500 youth workers have come together for a one-of-a-kind event focused on exchanging ideas to become better leaders. The first couple sessions were all about the importance of strategy. … Continue reading The Importance of Strategy in Student Ministry (YMLX 2018)

Take-Aways from DYM 100 2017

If you are unfamiliar with Download Youth Ministry, do yourself a favor and head over to their website right after you finish reading this. They have great resources for youth workers: games, curriculum, events, training, and more. One of the things started last year is a small youth ministry conference called DYM 100. I have … Continue reading Take-Aways from DYM 100 2017

Quotes from the Orange Tour 2017

While I have attended the Orange Conference many times, last year was my first year attending the Orange Tour when it came to Boston. This year, I attended the Denver location with the family ministry team from my new church. While much of the information was the same as the conference back in April of … Continue reading Quotes from the Orange Tour 2017