The Secret Sauce for Youth Ministry

It might not be what you think!

This past weekend there was a Toy Story marathon on TV.  Throughout the weekend I could sit down at any time and jump into this iconic movie trilogy.  As I watched these films, I was once again aware of the   numerous messages that can be taken from these films and one message is evident: the toys care for each other.  These films are great examples of the secret sauce for youth ministry. You’ll be amazed to see what it is!

The Adolescent Anxiety Epidemic: What You Can Do

41%

-That’s the number of college freshmen reporting that last year they had experienced “overwhelming anxiety!” High school administrators across the US, report “a glut of anxious, overwhelmed students.” In an interview for the New York Times, Laurie Farkas, said . “But there’s just been a steady increase of severely anxious students.” Here is what you need to know so you can help your students

It’s Time to Hit the Reset Button

If you are anything like me you have a love hate relationship with technology. One minute whatever devise you are using works, the next you want to throw it out a window.  The go-to solution for many technical problems is to hit the power button or reset the device. If things are getting crazy for you, here’s how reset things…

10 Simple Tips for the Best Brainstorming Ever

Big Confession: I’ve never considered myself a very creative person.

I’m in awe of those who come up with new and creative ideas at the drop of a hat.  When starting out in ministry I felt like I needed to be the one who came up with the great ideas, and then I realized how misguided I was. I was always looking for the next youth ministry book or idea but then I found the a vast source of creative ideas…. my own group……

The Future of Youth Ministry

Have you seen this? 

The room is in darkness except for the laser lights. The youth pastor step into the single spot light on the stage. He begins with a short stand up comedy routine then tells an emotional story about a struggling teen. Students are snapchatting the event. The speaker looks down at his phone and reads a Bible verse and introduces his tag line which he will repeat 6 more times before his final appeal.

The band comes back as he concludes with prayer. The students will respond with 2 more worship songs then make their way out of the room for snacks and a hangout time to return for the worship experience next week.

This is one version of what to expect from the typical youth night in the future. I’d like to propose an alternate future that will produce greater life change in the lives of students and their families.

Get to the Next Level Using This Evaluation Process

Evaluating your student ministry can be hard for most youth pastors or workers because it causes you to take an honest look at yourself and the ministry that you’re running.  Evaluations can be very intimidating; they are not necessarily a pleasant experience, but a necessary one if you hope to improve. Try this process…  

Introducing Change Without Killing Your Student Ministry

We’ve Never Done it that Way Before

We’ve all heard these statements: – “We’ve never done it that way before” and “It’s always been done like this.”  Change is inevitable in life; we change as individuals.  Our cities grow and change, and we face change in our jobs and families.  A person can’t live without change affecting them.  Yet some people resist or feel uncomfortable with change. Here’s what we need to know and do about this…