Tag Archives: Erin Sloan Jackson

7 Quick Time Management Tips for a Youth Ministry Professional

This article is the third in a series of quick tips to be more professional in the context of youth ministry.  The series was inspired by a youthworker’s concern raised at a recent youth worker conference – how can we in youth ministry be highly regarded as professionals, as opposed to being seen as just glorified babysitters or “baby pastors” ...

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Join Us for a May #YouthMinPhoto a Day Contest

May Photo Challenge

Looking for a creative way to use Instagram in your youth ministry?  Join the YouthWorker Movement Photo a Day Challenge for May, and invite your youth to participate as well. How the Photo Challenge works: The picture above has a list of 31 words or themes, one for each day of May. Every day, take a picture representing the daily ...

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7 Quick Tips to Communicate Like A Youth Ministry Professional

This is the second article in a series about being more professional in the context of youth ministry.  The article series was inspired by a youth worker who voiced his concern at a recent conference about the lack of respect youth workers receive as a profession.  On one hand, it seems at times that youthworkers are viewed as glorified babysitters ...

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7 Quick Tips to Look Like A Youth Ministry Professional

First Impressions in Youth Ministry

Over the next few weeks I will tackle different aspects about what it means to be a professional in the context of youth ministry. There are a lot of conflicting rules and expectations that people have of you, and I hope to provide a framework and some guidance that will allow you meet the unspoken but reasonable expectations that parents ...

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Creative Idea: Easter PEEPle Dioramas

Youth Group Diorama

Got a youth group full of creative Peeps? Here’s a creative, hands-on project that is fun, makes Scripture come alive and promotes teamwork: a Peeps diorama lesson.  You’re familiar with Peeps, right? The colorful, sugar coated marshmallow candy we see at Easter each year?  Our church youth group put the Peeps to creative use (and ate a few in the process). ...

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3 Steps for Creating a Culture of Responsibility

I didn’t set out to be the children’s minister’s nightmare parent, but I became that person and it didn’t have to be that way.  Here is how it all happened: Our church’s children’s ministry was planning on taking a group to a huge preteen event being held at a nearby megachurch.  The registration flier said the early bird deadline was ...

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10 Must-Have Ingredients in Every Successful Parent Meeting

Chances are if you’re in youth ministry, you are in it because you feel called and love working with youth, you relate well to young people.  What you may or may not have noticed is that those same youth are often dropped off by parents/guardians/grandparents* at the beginning of  your time together.  Those adults are, in fact, one of your ...

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7 Last Minute Gifts that Capture the True Spirit of Christmas

Nothing quite says “Celebrate the birth of the Savior” like your sons asking Santa Claus to bring “Assassins Creed III for Xbox.” Besides doing youth ministry things, I am a mom to three kids ages 11, 9 and 6.  I know not every family does the whole “Santa” thing, but we do, so Christmas for us means walking that fine ...

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12 Ways to Make a Youth Christmas Party More Meaningful

12 Christmas Ideas for Youth Ministry

Charlie Brown: I guess you were right, Linus. I shouldn’t have picked this little tree. Everything I do turns into a disaster. I guess I really don’t know what Christmas is all about. [shouting in desperation] Charlie Brown: Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about? Linus Van Pelt: Sure, Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas ...

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