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What I Learned at the National Youth Workers Convention

It was a great honor to be a part of The Youthworker Movement’s Seminars at NYWC in Nashville.  I appreciate the partnership with the good folks at Youth Specialties especially my friend Mark Matlock but most importantly Mindi Godfrey who made it possible to live out the vision of allowing us time and space to meet with our general membership.  ...

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3 Stupid Mistakes that Kill Your Parent Reputation

How to Make a Seamless Pastor Transition

One of the hardest things about being a youth minister is moving between drastically different subcultures and generations.  In one week you may be participating or leading a group of adult leaders, sixth graders, seniors in high school, and business leaders on your board.  Navigating these can be difficult, and too often I have seen, and sad to say committed, ...

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What You Believe Doesn’t Matter

What You Believe Doesn't Matter

What you say you believe doesn’t really matter does it? At least not in words… How you live is way more interesting, revealing, and truth-telling.  Why, then, do we say things to students/youth like, “You have to decide what you believe for yourself.  That is the most important thing.”  Shouldn’t we encourage them to practice their faith instead of practicing ...

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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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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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Why Bad Theology is Dangerous

This has been a problem for some time, maybe for all time.  But I’ve noticed in the last couple of months an abundance of bad theology being articulated in social media and on the airwaves.  Also, I just finished teaching the Perkins Certification in Youth Ministry Class (this year was Theology and Youth) at www.PSYM.org so maybe I am just ...

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