Video of the Week: Quit Outsourcing Your Kids to Youth Group

Another awesome conversation on youth ministry from the Gospel Coalition. The full article (found here) highlights the Rooted conference, which looks really cool. Check it out: Quit Outsourcing Your Kids to Youth Group from The Gospel Coalition on Vimeo.

Continue reading...

Jesus First, Everything Else Second

Occasionally, I’ll be contacted by a parent or someone else in our church who is concerned that we are “losing our teenagers” because of the prevalence of evolution being taught in public schools, the passage of some same-sex marriage act in another state, or some other “hot button” secondary issue they are worried about. Usually, […]

Continue reading...

Video of the Week: Bill Hybels on the Work Habits of a Leader

I’d say that a lot of youth workers struggle with how to manage their time and prioritize the things that are the most important. Bill Hybels has an interesting take on how to do that, and I’m trying it out as I head into a really busy season in my personal and ministry life. Check […]

Continue reading...

Five People You Want On Your Youth Ministry Team

One of the most fun parts of my job as a youth pastor is getting to work with an amazing team of adult leaders. If you’re trying to do youth ministry on your own without a team around you, you’re making youth ministry way too hard on yourself. Here are five people you want to […]

Continue reading...

Video of the Week: "Don’t Rob the Youth" from the Gospel Coalition

I love this conversation about the role of youth ministry in the local church, especially the question of how to integrate students into the broader church. Well worth five minutes of your time: Don’t Rob the Youth from The Gospel Coalition on Vimeo.

Continue reading...

Helping Teenagers Respond to What They’ve Heard

“Who can tell me what we talked about last week?” I’m really hoping that I’m not the only one who has asked that question in front of a group of teenagers—most of whom heard my message just one week prior—and received nothing but silence in response. Or perhaps you’ve experienced this: you deliver a passionate […]

Continue reading...

Youth Ministry is Just a Fad

I’ve been a youth pastor for a little over ten years now. I believe deeply in what I do and in the kind of ministry I lead. Not only do I lead a ministry to high school students, but I also seek to equip youth leaders in their ministry by maintaining this blog and writing […]

Continue reading...

Video of the Week: Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell – The God Debate

Comedians Jamie Kilstein and John Fugelsang square off in a pop debate about the existence of God. This video could be a really good discussion starter on apologetics, the existence of God, or simply popular views about Jesus and Christianity. Check it out:

Continue reading...

How To Successfully Brand Your Church

Branding and marketing is a difficult practice for many local churches, Christian non-profits, and even individual ministries to really grasp. Some churches have a logo that shows they haven’t thought about their brand for about 45 years. On the other side of the coin, some youth pastors are so concerned about their youth ministry’s logo […]

Continue reading...