Why We Don’t Do Gross Games at Youth Group

February 11, 2015 Leave a comment


“Pickled pigs feet.”  “Blended Happy Meals.”  “Live goldfish.”  “Cat food.”  What do these things have in common, you might ask.  They are all the answer to a recent question in our YouthMin Facebook group – “What is something really gross that you have had a kid eat as a challenge during a game?”

Having grown up in youth group and being a Youth Minister now for over 16 years, I’ve seen my fair share of up-front gross games.  I will even say that I have been the perpetrator of a few of these games in my early career.  But as I have grown older, wiser (jury is still out on that one), and had kids of my own, I have walked away from the “gross game” trend.

Read more at https://youthminresources.com/why-we-dont-do-gross-games-in-youth-group/


What Chick-Fil-A Taught Me About Ministry

August 7, 2014 Leave a comment

Chick-Fil-A Taught Me Ministry

A few days ago, I loaded up my three crazy boys and headed to lunch at Chick-Fil-A. I don’t know about you, but I could probably eat this delectable delight every single day and not get tired of it. I can totally relate to Tim Hawkins in this video.

As my boys made their way into the playground, I took a few moments to take in the scene around me, and I was amazed at what I saw. Among the people laughing, the sound of “my pleasure” being uttered every 1.7 seconds, and the cow decor, God revealed some principles that we ought to be applying in our ministries. Here are a few takeaways I learned in a central Indiana Chick-Fil-A.

Read the full article here – http://youthmin.org/chick-fil-taught-youth-ministry/ 



Over the past few weeks, our YouthMin.org Facebook group has been littered with discouraged and hurting Youth Ministers.  Whether dealing with criticism, divorce, unrealistic expectations, or other sources of discouragement, many of our comrades are struggling to navigate these difficulties.  Questions of identity, purpose, calling, and even value seem to be waging war against many of our brothers and sisters in Christ.  In addition, many are asking the question, “Do I even want to be in Youth Ministry anymore?”

Read the full article at http://youthmin.org/hang-in-there/

Intern 101: During the Internship

April 22, 2014 Leave a comment


In my previous post, I pointed out how important the process of hiring an intern can be.  By working hard on the front end and hiring someone who is on board with your philosophy of ministry and works well with your personality, you can be relatively certain of a successful internship experience.  However, once you’ve hired your intern, it’s important to put together a deliberate and meaningful plan for his or her arrival.  By planning ahead and employing some deliberate strategies, you can maximize the effectiveness of the internship experience.

Below are the top ten tips and tricks I’ve learned through the many internships I’ve experienced that can enhance the internship WHILE your intern is onsite.  Maybe these can spur some great ideas for your next internship.

Read the full article at http://youthmin.org/intern-101-during-the-internship/

Intern 101: Hiring an Intern

April 22, 2014 Leave a comment

Intern101-HiringMentoring and pouring into an intern can be one of the most challenging and rewarding aspects of youth ministry. As I write this post, I find myself preparing for my eight intern during my 13-year tenure at Hazelwood Christian church.  I absolutely love the opportunity to invest in students and future ministry leaders, and I value the friendships that I have forged through internships even to this day. As I have experienced the highs and lows of internships, I have learned a few tips that may be helpful to you as you seek to invest in interns as well.

Read the full article at http://youthmin.org/intern-101-hiring-an-intern/

5 Ways to Make Your Ministry Better This Year

January 14, 2014 Leave a comment


Whether you are a big proponent of New Year’s resolutions or not, one must admit that the turning of the calendar seems to be a mental reset for most of us. Most times, we focus on our weight, our finances, or our family. Today, I thought it would be good to focus on our ministry instead. I am eager to take our Youth Ministry to the next level, and I’m sure you desire the same thing. So, I have compiled a list of a few ways you can improve your ministry this year. Know that I am writing this list as much to myself as I am to you, and I can’t wait to see God at work in the coming year.

READ the FULL ARTICLE at http://youthmin.org/5-ways-to-make-your-ministry-better-this-year/


Is Youth Ministry Killing the Church?

November 12, 2013 Leave a comment


It seems about this time every year, I begin to see a lot of blog posts about how Youth Ministry is killing the church, how Youth Ministry is fundamentally flawed, and how students are leaving the church in record numbers.  Youth Ministry is always the scapegoat in this conversation, the sacrificial lamb to blame for all of the woes plaguing the church.

I will be frank and tell you that this trend of blaming Youth Ministry for the mass exodus of young people from the faith is honking me off…

Read the full article and weigh in on the discussion here – http://www.youthmin.org/is-youth-ministry-killing-the-church/