Tag Archives: Erin Sloan Jackson

4 Critical Signs of Youth Ministry Burnout

Is it burnout or just a funk? In direct sales, you know right away if you’re succeeding or not – you either have the sale or don’t.  In sports, you know if you scored or not, you can measure your stats to gauge success or failure.  You can measure or see the results of your work in physical labor jobs, ...

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Time for the H Word

“So, youth, what do you want to learn about?”  “Revelation, angels, and Satan?  Where do we go when we die?  Okay, sure, we could do that.  Oh wait, look at that shiny thing over there!’ I must confess something I am not very proud of — For years, I have been a professional controversy avoider. It’s sad really.  It’s just ...

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Ultimate Nerf Wars

Looking for a proven successful youth ministry event idea to kick off your summer?  Try this: Ultimate Nerf Wars. What you need: Tables, anything camouflage, tarps, bandannas in two colors (1 per person), score sheets, pens, Sharpies, glow-in-the-dark bracelets/necklaces, medals or prizes (optional) Bullet buckets to gather up bullets for reloading.  Lots of volunteers. What people need to bring: Any and all ...

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Unexpected Weather Delays

A tornado destroyed our Arlington, Texas, church building today.  It’s crazy to try to get my mind around that.  I’m sharing a few pictures with you, but what I’ve really got to share is this awesome story about our Church.     After I picked my three kids up from school, we stopped by the church to see the damage ...

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Nine Secrets of a Name Knowing Ninja

It’s the worst.  The student walking up to you has been coming to youth group on and off for about a year…and you just completely blanked out on her name. “Hi, you! How’s it going?” you say awkwardly. “You forgot my name, didn’t you?” Gah!  Busted. (her name was Monica, by the way, and I didn’t forget it after that.) ...

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Promise 7: Celebrate Your Ministry

Over the last few weeks, we have been examining the 7 promises of the We Love Our Youth Worker Covenant, an agreement between covenant churches and their employee-youth workers.  This week we are going to delve into Promise 7 – a promise about celebrating the youth ministry of your church. From the church’s point of view, the church says, We ...

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Promise 6: Be Excellent to Each Other

Excellence.  This might be the most important and most difficult to define promise of the We Love Our Youth Worker (WLOYW) covenant.  Here’s what the employer promises to the youth worker: We will strive to be an excellent employer. We believe that it’s important to have clear structures and procedures for recruiting and employing a youth worker, and to provide ...

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Promise 5: Share Responsibility and Ask for Help

Valentines Wesley Style

The to-do list for the Youth Valentine’s Dinner and Auction event I inherited was extremely detailed and even divided into subcategories – things to do for the meal itself, for promoting the event, for decorating, for soliciting donations, for organizing the youth, for ticket sales, for setting up and for cleaning up…you get the idea.  In fact, when printed out, ...

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Promise 4: One Day Off Every Week

Want to know something crazy?  Normal people get two days off of work every week.  Youthworkers usually get none.  Don’t think I’m right?  Check your calendar. You might be saying, “I get Mondays off” (except for those two hours of staff meeting…) Or you get Fridays off (except any weekends with a retreat or a lock-in.)  Same thing can be ...

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Promise 3: A Promise for Ongoing Training & Learning

This is part 3 of 7 exploring the We Love Our Youth Worker national covenant between churches and youth workers.  We Love Our Youth Worker (WLOYW), one of our partner organizations, and YouthWorker Movement both agree that healthier youth workers mean healthier youth ministries.  Healthier youth ministries mean more youth can know Christ.  The proposed WLOYW covenant commits churches and youthworkers to ...

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