Tag Archives: schedule

clearing your mind for ministry

So at the end of December, I walked out of my last youth room as a full-time local church youthworker. Or at least that’s how I’m understanding my call at the moment. (Always a good idea to keep listening.) Starting in January of 2015, I jumped off the cliff called “freelance” and, as yet, have not hit the ground. I ...

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7 Slow Ways To Experience Holy Week Again for the First Time

Easter is coming. Like a house motto in Game of Thrones, Christians proclaim the day of resurrection is near.  And of course it is near but I find that many of us in youth ministry may not slow down enough to experience the power of the drama of Holy Week. So, here are 7 things you could be doing: Turn ...

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Upgrading your youth ministry spam filter

Part of what I do as senior writer/editor here at YWM (between answering Charles’ & Erin’s fan emails) is moderating comments on our site. I’m sure there are other sites where that’s a pretty exciting job; unfortunately you all are pretty intelligent and well-rounded individuals that play nice in the comment sections so mostly for us that involves simply clicking ...

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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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Annual Lock-In/Lock-Out Do’s and Don’ts

  A long time ago in a far distant galaxy I actually believed Lock-Ins were a great idea.  But after establishing the annual Christmas break Lock-In, each year seemed to be more of a burden and less of a God-inspired idea.  As a matter of fact I came to believe that Lock-Ins were really Devil’s Play.  Then I heard about ...

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5 ways to know it’s time to kill the sacred cow

Every ministry has at least one sacred cow. It’s the event on the calendar that is anchored to it’s date into the very fabric of time, impossibly rooted, invulnerable to the winds of change. It simply will not go away. And unless you started the event, you probably hate it. Even if it happens to be a genuinely valuable ministry ...

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11 Things It Is Still Not Too Late To Do

If you are feeling the need to take a deep breath in Youth Ministry right now, please do.  Most likely you have been moving at a fanatical pace as you re-launch Sunday school, Bible study, youth group and any other activities for the new school based year.  After 25 years in Youth Ministry, I always realize (about now) that I ...

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Does length really matter?

How long should a series be in youth ministry? All year long? 3 weeks? 6 weeks? Best of 7? I have always struggled with advanced planning. Early in my youth ministry career as a volunteer I hated the perpetual roll-over of content and curriculum. If you’re averaging 4-6 weeks in a series, the moment you begin you’re already looking for ...

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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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