Guest Blog by Dr. Cory Seibel 

We don’t often have guest blogs at Youth Ministry Unleashed but I thought it was really important to introduce you to Dr. Corey Seibel and the passionate work that he’s doing. Here he provides 3 compelling reasons for making cross-generational connections. 

These 2 Evaluation Tools are Worth Your Time

I’m constantly being evaluated by my students.

It could seem threatening but it keeps me improving. I’m also constantly evaluating the Youth Ministry Institute that I co-lead with Tyson Howells. We’re regularly looking for new ways to make our program better.

Sometimes we evaluate student ministries to help them be the best that they can be. Here are 2 consulting tools that I like to use with groups. I hope you find them helpful. 

3 Ways to Win the Social Media War

They’re everywhere.

In fact you are probably using one to read this blog.  Smartphones.  They’re the gateway to social media that make it available 24/7.  In fact you might have found your way to this blog through one of our social media avenues of Twitter or Facebook.

Last week I wrote about a study on teenagers use of social media and shared 4 key findings.  This is blog is about the “SO WHAT” question.  Now that we know this data, what do we do?

Here are three ways you can win the social media war.

2 Vital Questions to Measure Your Success

I think a lot about success.

I want to succeed in ministry.  That might sound arrogant but I don’t think it is.  Isn’t it a good thing to want to do the best possible job with what God has given us?.

My guess is when we talk success you are thinking about one question.

“How big is your ministry?”

…or it might be a variation of that question.

“Is you ministry growing?”

I want to be clear and honest.  These questions suck!  They force us to do ministry based on getting students into the building.  It might happen subtly, but if your question is based on numbers then numbers is what you will go after.

I think there are two better questions that we have to ask.

Sometimes You Don’t Get a Second Chance

I began to salivate as I considered the fine dining experience on my wife’s birthday.

Everything looked so good on the menu. I hardly knew what to get. We both looked on with joy as the steaming plates emerged from the kitchen and danced to our table. Our forks were already in our hands.

This Will Get Students Talking

It drove me crazy that students didn’t know how to open up or listen to each other.

I looked around all over the place for some kind of cards, game, or activity that would achieve this. Eventually, I decided I’d have to develop it myself. Here’s what I came up with and a free copy for you to download, copy, cut and use.

4 Ways to Avoid Damaging Students

“What am I doing to these students?” Frank asked at the end of my workshop. “What if I pervert their doctrine and damage their faith?!”

Frank was great with running games. He was a master at connecting with teens. He could organize events and wasn’t afraid to strike up conversations with parents. However, when it came to leading and teaching students, he felt he was lacking.

As we talked, it became clear that his was a healthy fear. At least he was avoiding some of the worst dangers related to speaking to or leading students. I am scared of doing these as well. Here is how I think we can all avoid them.