Tag Archives: Parents

7 Slow Ways To Work With Parents

7 Slow Ways To Work With Parents

When I started in youth ministry, I was told in various ways that one of the main goals was to get youth away from their parents because then we could really do some spiritual good.  Some para-church organizations still promote this idea.  So let me start by saying that always felt wrong to me.  At the same time, I realize ...

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3 “Aha!” Moments I Didn’t Expect to Teach at Perkins School of Youth Ministry

  Ever had an aha moment?  An “aha moment” is defined as “a moment of sudden realization, inspiration, insight, recognition, or comprehension,” according to Merriam-Webster.  I remember exactly where I was driving in my car when I had that crazy aha moment and realized as a young sales professional that not every adult wants to spend their free time volunteering ...

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5 ways that Grand Theft Auto 5 is making youth ministry easier

A few weeks ago Grand Theft Auto 5 landed on multiple platforms in the gaming community. Well, every community. In its first 3 days of sales, Rockstar Games allegedly hit 1.5 billion dollars in sales. Billlllion. That’s a good open. For a GDP. GTA5 represents a massive leap forward in gameplay. It’s incredible. Really. It’s also one of the most ...

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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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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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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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a christmas (true) story

What’s the best present you’ve ever gotten for Christmas? We had a family tradition. Every year, my parents, 3 sisters and I would get into our Buick station wagon and drive to a local Christmas tree lot. Once there, the doors would fly open and the four of us would each scour the four corners of the lot for what ...

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