6 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started in Youth Ministry

I thought I knew what I was doing but…

… I realized I had a lot to learn!

I was recently looking through some old pictures of all the different youth ministries I’ve had the privilege to lead. After over 20 years in youth ministry, I’ve had my share of successes and failures.  There are many things that I wish I had known way back when I started. Here are 6 of them.

5 Reasons Why I Still Believe in Youth Ministry

photo credit momentum youth

There are some leaders who blame successful youth ministries for the exodus of young adults from the church. I disagree. Other leaders suggest that shutting down youth ministries would help students stay longer in church. I don’t think this is the way to go. In fact, here are 5 reasons why every church needs a healthy youth ministry.

How to Stop Baby Sitting Students

How do you know if you have begun to babysit students?

It can happen so easily. Somewhere along the way my ministry turned into a baby sitting service. I didn’t even see it happening. Something changed in me and in them. Here are 7 signs that you are baby sitting and some ways to get out of it.

My Very First Youth Night

I had no idea what I was getting in to.

My friend’s Korean church in Toronto was desperate for someone to run a youth program on Friday nights; so I said I’d check it out. I made a brief visit at Easter and the Senior Pastor made a snap decision to offer me a full time internship beginning in August. That summer, while I worked in a warehouse, all the time I was thinking about what I was going to do with this group of youth.

The Absolute Best Way To Help Students With Their Sexuality

As youth workers we often think that it’s all about us;  

that we are the primary influencers in our students’ lives.  Lets make no mistake, we have a part to play.

However, when it comes to our student’s sexuality and understanding of sex, we are NOT the best thing.

I was reminded of “the best thing” again this weekend.  I was at a church doing some teaching and they got it. Here’s what the absolute best thing is…

The Hardest Thing About Youth Ministry and 2 Things You Can Do About It.

Youth Ministry is great, but it is also hard.  In fact, it can be really hard.  I get asked all of the time, what is the hardest part of Youth Ministry?  There could be a number of answers;

  • – Parents
  • – All-Nighters
  • – Unsupportive Senior Pastor
  • – Teen Pregnancy
  • – All-Nighters (can you tell I hate these)

All of those things can be difficult, but there is something I find much worse.  My answer to the hardest part of Youth Ministry is this…

3 Ways To Be A Great Youth LEADER and 1 TED Talk

If you’re in youth ministry then you’re in leadership.

It’s really that simple.  The question is, “are you a great leader for a bygone era?”

We need to think differently about leadership for the 21st century.  Students deserve solid leadership for the now and future. Here are 3 things we all need to know and a TED Talk every youth leader needs to see!