One of the things my wife and I learned in our pre-marital counseling was that we are supposed to support one another in marriage. While we will not fulfill one another, as that is up to God, we can balance each other. For example, I have gifts that she doesn't have, and visa versa. Together, … Continue reading Don’t Do This Alone
When it comes to speaking to teenagers, there are many philosophies and strategies out there. You've probably heard many of them. While they all have their place, there is one that I try to utilize as much as possible, especially when speaking to middle schoolers. Make it interactive! I was told early on that it … Continue reading Make it Interactive
A few years ago, I wrote about counting money as a youth minister, but I felt it was time for a follow-up. Other than the people who handle offerings, it is quite possible that a youth minister handles the most money within a church. Between retreats, mission trips, pizza parties, and much more, students and parents … Continue reading Handling Money in Youth Ministry
[This is a "guest post" I wrote for the Download Youth Ministry blog.] When was the last time you just sat and dreamed about God? I have a hard time remembering my dreams. In fact, I’m convinced I don’t even have any most nights. I’m not talking about that kind of dreaming, though. I want … Continue reading Dreaming on the Road
I don't really like doing New Year's Resolutions, but I felt like I should this year, so here they are!
This presidential election has made so many people anxious, including Christians. And yet, we are told by Jesus not to be anxious in Matthew 6. So, how do we go into this election and remain worry-free?
For those who have followed me and my ministry for a while, you already know that one of the things I love is connecting with other youth workers and ministries. It's one of the main reasons I started the Student Ministry Podcast earlier this year. I think it all started when I was in youth … Continue reading New Endeavors in Connecting Youth Workers
It seems like the world has a negative view of the next generation, but youth workers are called upon to empower these teens. Here's a bit of encouragement to help you keep going!
This past week, I had the privilege to attend DYM100 with Doug Fields, Josh Griffin, and 99 other youth workers from all over the United States and Canada. And my experience can be summarized in three words -- connection, wisdom, and refreshment!
For the unorganized youth minister (or those who just want to get better), here are some tips and tools I have picked up along the way that help me stay organized and avoid one of the youth minister stereotypes.