Tag Archives: youth ministry

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 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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Where is God?

Where's God in Tragedy?

Tragedy causes us to be searching for answers.  Often we reach for easy answers.  Often we are given complicated answers, which do not address our fundamental fears.  Well meaning people give us bumper sticker sayings that often salt wounds further.  People care. I’ve written about the dangers of bad theology here.  Today I just want to openly wrestle with my ...

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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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5 Tips on Lasting Long-term without Losing Mind or Family

How Not to Go Crazy in Youth Ministry

“I wish I had spent more time with my family.”  That was the common answer I got from pastors when, early in my career, I started polling wise, successful ministers about what they wished they had done differently or known when they were starting out.  I tried my best to take that to heart. I’ve been involved in professional ministry ...

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Free curriculum resource.

What You Believe Doesn't Matter

I just realized that I’ve had an unused curriculum resource just wasting away on the shelf. It’s a little old, but it doesn’t look old like that Petra Praise VHS does sitting next to your used-once-can’t-be-used-again Nooma DVDs. It’s pretty comprehensive too, weighing in at about 1,189 weeks of material. That’s nearly 23 years of quality curriculum. It’s the Bible. ...

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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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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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