Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels.com A few years ago, I heard a speaker talk about how God is inherently in community because of the Trinity. And then he created us to be in community with Him and with each other. While I could probably write an entire chapter or two on the significance of … Continue reading We Need Each Other
Below is an excerpt of an article I wrote for LoveThyNerd. Click the link at the bottom to read the entire piece. SPOILER WARNING: This post contains spoilers for the Obi-Wan Kenobi series. Do not read if you have not seen this episode and do not want it to be spoiled for you! Can we really … Continue reading Facing the Past in Obi-Wan Kenobi – Episode 5
If you've been working in ministry for a while, you've probably heard the following question when it comes to evaluating your church: Would you go to your church if you weren't employed there? I think I understand the reasoning behind the question. It's important for us to create environments that are exciting and engaging. And … Continue reading Would You Go to Your Church if You Weren’t Employed There?
Should we take a break from our student ministry for holidays, cancelling our program(s) that week? I regularly see questions like this from other youth pastors. And my answer: Yes! Before I share why, I do want to acknowledge that some of you might meet on Sunday morning during church services. If that is the … Continue reading 5 Reasons to Take Holiday Breaks in Student Ministry
Back in 2020, I wrote an piece for Youth Specialties on 5 youth ministry fixtures that need to die. Click here to read that article. Now it's time to kill 5 more fixtures! Youth ministry is still a fairly modern development within the church. Based on my research, we have had specialized ministry to teenagers … Continue reading 5 More Youth Ministry Fixtures that Need to Die
Modern technology is incredibly helpful it also creates some interesting issues that youth workers did not have to deal with "back in the day." One of the frequent questions I see in youth ministry groups is all about cell phones. Many of your students are walking in with phones, but what do we do with … Continue reading What about Cell Phones at Youth Group?
It didn't take me too long to realize that working in ministry is not an easy job. To start with, we are responsible to help people grow in the most important ways--their relationship with God. That's a giant role that I am glad really falls upon God, but still, He chooses to use you and … Continue reading The 24-Hour Rule
I've written a few blogs over the years about forming, developing, equipping, empowering, and training your team. I've even talked about recruiting and growing your team. All of this is good, but I wanted to bring up something many of us within the church unfortunately leave out of the plan—discipleship. Some of you are wincing … Continue reading Discipling Your Team
One of the most important things we are called to do is pull others into ministry, equip them, and empower them to be used by God. The truth, though, is that we have limited bandwidth. So we need to rethink our organizational structure to add more voices and high capacity people. Then we need to … Continue reading Equipping and Empowering Your Team
Below is an excerpt of an article I wrote for the National Network of Youth Ministries' blog. Click the link at the bottom to read the entire piece. What if we did not do youth ministry alone? Yes, we need to network with other youth workers. It should not stop there, though. We should also network … Continue reading Realizing More that I Cannot Do this Alone