The Definitive List of Volunteer Expectations

Adult Volunteers!!  We need ’em!

For any student ministry to be effective having dedicated and quality adult volunteers is essential.  They are there when a youth pastor begins at a student ministry and they are there when the youth pastor leaves.  Adult volunteers or leaders are the backbone of any successful youth ministry. Here’s almost everything you need to know about their roles and expectations…

One Simple Principle That Helped Me Survive Student Ministry

I was a bad fit for student ministry.

I had never intended to go into it. I was more interested in world relief or overseas missions as I went through college. My mind and soul were fed on the work of missionaries like Hudson Taylor, C.T. Studd and Mother Theresa. I saw no purpose in entertaining students or having fun. Even worse, I was a happy introvert, who would much rather work on an essay than be at a party. The demands of Student Ministry seemed polar opposites of who I was as a person and what I felt called to do with my life.

Then everything changed….

What A HUGE Mistake!  Six Lessons I Learned From it.

What a huge mistake!

I moved to my new office at Vanguard College recently. My daughter and I were decorating it with all my Coca Cola memorabilia. I‘ve been collecting Coke items for years.  I have bottles and cans from all over the world and from different eras.  One of the cans in my collection is a can of original Coke, before Coca Cola made one of the biggest mistakes in it’s history. 

Get Your Youth Ministry Report Card Here

It’s that time soon.

If you set goals it is time to evaluate how you did.

 I was devastated after a 13 week series on Improving Your Serve that students continued to put themselves first in a little test that I designed. It was better to realize that there was more work to do in this area than just assume that because I did teaching that students had changed. I realized that using some kind of measurement was essential to setting goals and measuring if they were achieved. 

The Bullied Youth Worker

Are you being bullied ? 

We are very concerned when a student is being bullied but would we notice if it was happening to us? As I hear stories from my students who have gone into youth ministry in the past 23 years, some have left because they felt bullied and were unprotected. Here are some of the ways that you may experience bullying in youth ministry and what you can do about it.

Mind the Gap: 6 Ideas to Do Transition Better

We lose people in transition.

One third will never make the jump from the children’s ministry to the junior high or worse, high school youth group. We lose another third from senior high to young adults. What heart breaking losses. –Heart breaking to the parents and to the church… and the students, although they may not feel it right away.

Not every group is experiencing severe losses. Here are five big ideas they put in action…

6 Core Characteristics of Youth Friendly Churches

It’s not about music or programs.

That’s what the research is telling us. After a study of 250 growing churches that attract youth and young adults, Fuller Youth Institute is sure that younger church members are looking for something else. Here are 6 core characteristics to develop to become  a youth friendly church…