A Rant About Airports, Tools and My Greatest Youth Ministry Fear

 I’ve been stuck at an airport in New York City for over 24 hours. 

In between the bouts of frustration I’ve had a lot of time to think.  But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Every year I take a team of students to New York City for a short term urban missions trip.  It’s always a highlight of my year.  I love seeing the students serving and putting into practice what they’re learning.  It also doesn’t hurt that I get to spend a week every year in one of my favorite cities.

As I sit in this airport I’ve been reflecting.  I’ve been reflecting on conversations I had with students.  I have been reflecting on the churches we visited and ministries we partnered with.  As I reflect I realize I have a great fear in youth ministry.  Here it is…

How to Develop Courageous Leadership

You need courage if you’re going to work with teens.

They can smell fear from 50 feet and they can determine who is in charge in the first minute that they enter your meeting place. Any hesitation on your part and you will be overrun. Sadly, this level of confidence and courage doesn’t automatically come with the title of “youth worker” –it must be developed. Here’s how…

3 Life Changing Experiences Every Student Needs

Are my students changing?

This question was constantly on my mind as a youth pastor. With all the work I put into keeping them coming back week after week, building community, helping them feel accepted, even cherished, were they getting better or worse?

After you have worked a few months or a few years with your students, are they becoming more like Christ or are they becoming more like the culture? This question should direct all of your programming, teaching, and your prayer time.

Over the years, I was able to see the 3 most important experiences students needed to begin the changes

Identity in Jason Derulo’s Want You to Want Me

“Want To Want Me” by Jason Derulo

was last weeks #1 song played on the radio.  The essence of the song is that he wants his girlfriend back.  As you can imagine the music video is quite sexualized.

Now, I don’t want to look at this song and stress how sexual  society is.  It is something else that grabbed me about this song.  It was in these lyrics.

ONE MORE REASON CROSS-GENERATIONAL CONNECTIONS ARE IMPORTANT

Special Guest Blog By Dr. Cory Seibel

I recently contributed an article here entitled “Three Reasons Why Cross-Generational Connections Are Important”. Because this article focused on my hopes for my 11-year-old daughter, I thought it would only be fair to her to give her a chance to read it and provide her feedback before I shared it with the world online. You may be surprised by her reaction!

Are You Doing The Right Job With Your Tools?

There are all sorts of tools for youth ministry.

There are apps, blogs, books and social media that are all tools.  My fear is that tools can become the focus.

Why do you do youth ministry?  What are all of these tools trying to accomplish?

I will give you a hint, it has nothing to do with;

  • How large your youth ministry is
  • How cool your logo is
  • How many people follow the group on social media
  • How hip your leaders are