Tag Archive for management

Encouraging Students To Worship Through...

on June 9, 2024 by

What happened? It was time for worship through singing and most of their voices were “missing in action.”

Summer Time Youth Ministry: Balancing...

on May 23, 2024 by

What does fall planning look like during the summer months?

Resources For Summer Youth Ministry...

on April 11, 2024 by

….as you prepare for Summer

Book..Gospel-Centered Youth Ministry: A...

on March 25, 2024 by

Focused on viewing all aspects of youth ministry through a gospel-focused lens


on March 22, 2024 by

Walt Mueller

5 Ways To Partner With Parents

on March 13, 2024 by

Partnering with them is the job of a dedicated youth pastor who cares to shepherd the family

Book: Your First 100 Days In Student...

on February 26, 2024 by

And the 40 Years that Follow

Why My Teen Hates Your Small Group

on February 22, 2024 by

Maybe the issue is really just one of expectations

5 Questions To Ask In A Youth Pastor...

on November 30, 2023 by

If you can’t find a way to ask the questions you need answers to, then don’t take the job until you can

Flashback: 20 Interview Questions For...

on November 30, 2023 by

Remember that you are interviewing a potential church in the same way they are interviewing you! Ask good questions

Reaching The Dechurched Is A Whole...

on November 25, 2023 by

The Great Dechurching: Who’s Leaving, Why Are They Going, and What Will It Take to Bring Them Back?

Building An Advent/Christmas Series For...

on November 22, 2023 by

Here are three ways youth groups can study Christmas and Advent while keeping Jesus’ birth central

Book: The Faith Of Our Children

on November 20, 2023 by

Eight Timely Research Insights for Discipling the Next Generation

Evangelism Book by Rebecca Manley...

on November 13, 2023 by

The World Has Changed: Our Message Must Not. It is the next-generation ‘Out of the Saltshaker’ for this new era

Letters Along The Way: From A Senior...

on November 7, 2023 by

Important, biblical perspectives on topics like the changing face of evangelicalism, and trends emerging in American culture

Bringing The Gospel To The Next...

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Our churches have a remarkable opportunity to partner with parents in the task of making disciples of the next generation

Youth Ministry Resume Job Search Tips

on October 26, 2023 by

Does Your Church Resume Pass the Six-Second Test?

How Do You Shift To Gospel-Centered...

on October 18, 2023 by

It’s one thing to talk about gospel-centered youth ministry, and another thing to actually do it

Free: Lead Your Own Church Conference On...

on October 2, 2023 by

Two Talks: 1. “ understanding the transgender movement”. 2. Biblical and compassionate responses to the transgender movement”.

Minister To Parents In The Fall

on October 2, 2023 by

10 Quick Tips And 2 Parent Resources


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So. . . what is most important in youth ministry? That’s the question I asked yesterday and will be answering this week…


on September 27, 2023 by

And then Paul issues this three-word imperative: “Preach the Word!”


on September 27, 2023 by

The older I get the more I see the relevance of how the old stuff speaks to the new. . In my…

Young Life: The 4 H’s Of The Gospel

on September 8, 2023 by

Hope centered in Jesus. It was life changing for me to see this hope in Christ lived out

3 Habits Every Youth Leader Needs To...

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How to structure your life for long-lasting ministry impact

Grade Transitions

on August 30, 2023 by

In youth ministry, our hope is that we don’t lose students in the changeovers between different ministries, which is why great promotions…

Shepherding In Youth Ministry – Part 1

on August 29, 2023 by

In Part 2 of Shepherding in Youth Ministry, we’ll talk about how we can effectively use our whole team of adult leaders…

Shepherding In Youth Ministry – Part 2

on August 29, 2023 by

How we can effectively use our whole team of adult leaders to raise up student leaders for Jesus


Flashback: How To Lead A Fall Retreat

on August 28, 2023 by

An effective retreat starts with a clear purpose that’s understood by both students and adult volunteers

Resources For Reaching Gen Z

on June 2, 2023 by

Gen Z is a unique generation… it’s important that we understand the defining characteristics of Gen Z so that we can best…

7 Tips For Teaching Theology To Teens

on May 16, 2023 by

We are called to pass on the simple good news of the gospel as of “first importance”

Finding Community As A Youth Pastor

on May 13, 2023 by

Here are a few reasons why finding your own community is so crucial

A Summertime Prayer For Youth Pastors

on May 13, 2023 by

Remember that your ultimate goal is not just to keep your young people busy, but to help them grow in their faith…

The Most Important Thing A Youth...

on May 6, 2023 by

The most important thing a youth ministry can do is teach students how to read and study the Bible

This Graduation Season, Don’t Forget...

on May 2, 2023 by

Your graduates are where they are, predominately, because of their parents so why not shine some light on them during this season

Your Summer Camp Checklist

on April 27, 2023 by

Years ago I developed my own camp planning check list

The New 5 Purposes Of Youth Ministry

on April 27, 2023 by

The heart of youth ministry is to help students grow in their relationship with Christ. We do activities and events to help…

Raising Kids In The Fishbowl

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Insights from a Youth Pastor and His Wife

Flashback: Youth Ministry Statistics

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Time-tested norms on everything you need to know for a healthy ministry.

Youth Groups Are Becoming Integrated...

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Youth Pastors Ditch Gross-Out Games and Help Student Ministry Grow Up

Flashback: O Little Youth Ministry

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“So, how big is your youth group?”

Youth Pastors: Don’t Lose Your...

on April 3, 2023 by

3 keys to keeping your best adult volunteers over the long haul

Helping Those Experiencing Gender...

on March 31, 2023 by

Podcast: Walt Mueller with Nicholas Black

The Wolf In Their Pockets

on March 8, 2023 by

13 ways the social internet is shaping the people you lead, with advice to help everyone deal with it!

Tempted To Control Your Children’s...

on February 21, 2023 by

But one day, you might face a chasm. And only the Holy Spirit can carry them across

Healthy Leaders… Cheat On Ministry!

on February 16, 2023 by

So you’re always going to cheat someone – you’ll either cheat your church, your family, or yourself

Belonging Before Anything Else In Youth...

on February 6, 2023 by

Help nonbelievers students know they belong in your group

All Healthy Volunteer Teams Have

on November 30, 2022 by

Over the last 15 years I have learned some things in regards to caring for and leading volunteers and I wanted to…

Professional vs. Personal Christianity

on November 14, 2022 by

Prioritizing personal faith life over professional ministry success

Book: Calling Out the Called

on November 12, 2022 by

Discipling Those Called to Ministry Leadership

Flashback: Parents Matter

on November 12, 2022 by

Sharing life together with the parents allowed me to set an example to strengthen the relationship between the students and parents

Study: Gen Z Wants To Know More About...

on November 9, 2022 by

Despite long-term trends away from religion, Barna Group finds openness in teens

Book: A New Kind Of Diversity

on October 27, 2022 by

Making the Different Generations on Your Team a Competitive Advantage

Curbing Cliques At Youth Group

on October 26, 2022 by

Creating a culture of belonging, welcoming teenagers as God has welcomed us in Christ

Surviving The Mess Of Ministry

on October 19, 2022 by

Even Jesus had to make it through the mess in the middle. After years of mentoring his disciples, they still didn’t seem…

Advice From A College Student: Go To...

on October 8, 2022 by

Go to church your first Sunday in college. The most influential, biblically founded advice for me in my freshman year of college

Reframing The Work Of Youth Leaders

on October 6, 2022 by

When young people are adopted into the body of Christ and the local church family, youth ministry shifts from ministry FOR teenagers…

8 Steps To Planning A Good Parent...

on September 26, 2022 by

Josh Evans

Book: Communicating To Middle Schoolers

on September 19, 2022 by

A Guide to Developing and Delivering Messages That Stick

Book: What Most Parent’s Aren’t...

on September 19, 2022 by

Four Insights About Parents That Should Radically Impact Your Ministry

Flashback: Small Group Management

on September 8, 2022 by

Small group management is tricky and requires a delicate balance of fun, focus, and

To Stay In Youth Ministry: 7 Compelling...

on September 1, 2022 by

Why remain in such a low-pay, high-pressure position? Why not escape to get a “real job” in ministry, a job where you…

Flashback Book: Gospel-Centered Youth...

on August 29, 2022 by

Specifically for youth workers focused on viewing all aspects of youth ministry through a gospel-focused lens

Recruiting A Team Of Amazing Volunteers

on August 28, 2022 by

A great team of volunteers is the lifeblood of any healthy ministry environment

4 Ideas For Connecting With Parents

on August 24, 2022 by

As the launch of a new school year approaches, remember to include on your calendar some strategic touchpoints with parents

How Are You Ministering To The Parents?

on August 22, 2022 by

What are you going to do with parents? Kids become like their parents! And you better go out of your way to…

5 Steps For Welcoming Families With...

on August 20, 2022 by

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

A Great Volunteer Process = Great...

on August 19, 2022 by

Part of our job as leaders is to set up our volunteers well, beginning when they first join our team

Helping Students Transition From...

on August 14, 2022 by

Create some systems that help students know they belong in youth ministry. Consider a “welcome home” night

A Thoughtful And Engaging Youth Service

on August 4, 2022 by

So you care about programming your weekly youth group service? That’s a win… I LOVE programming!

Let’s Make Promotion A Big Deal

on August 4, 2022 by

One of the most exciting times in a student ministry is when everyone promotes up to the next grade

Busy = Something Is Usually Broken. By...

on July 25, 2022 by

Someone once told me, “If the devil can’t make you bad, he will make you busy.” Doug takes it a bit farther…

Two Resources For Ministering To...

on July 20, 2022 by

If you are a youth worker without a plan for ministry to students questioning their gender, don’t put it off any longer

Training leaders In Your Youthministry

on July 20, 2022 by

How Do You Train and Empower Lay Leaders in Your Youth Ministry? Part Two

Flashback: Help Me With…...

on July 3, 2022 by

We gathered up some of our favorite resources to help

Calendaring: The Do’s And Don’ts In...

on July 3, 2022 by

A major conundrum for smaller youth ministries is critical mass, and it starts with the calendar. But before a small-church team should…

How To Set A Solid Calendar For The Year

on July 3, 2022 by

In order to plan a successful calendar there needs to be: CLARITY AROUND YOUR MINISTRY’S VALUES AND VISION

Revitalize Your Youth Ministry Calendar

on July 3, 2022 by

Do you see yourself as a busy youth worker who tries to plan ahead, but ends up executing events that you haven’t…

Calendaring: Balancing Family And Youth...

on July 3, 2022 by

Sean shared that their first year of marriage was atypical in that it was very easy

How2 Plan For Your Ministry’s Success

on July 3, 2022 by

6 Phases of Planning a 12 to 18 month Calendar

13-Month Calendar Plan Your Kids’...

on July 3, 2022 by

I had to plan my ministry calendar well in advance just to make sure it worked with the rhythms of family life

Book: Lead Them To Jesus

on July 2, 2022 by

Biblical Truths and Practical Help for Youth Workers. From who is the trinity, LGBT issues to how to run your youthministry

3-Tips To Crush Your Ministry Calendar

on June 30, 2022 by

Have you ever had those months in student ministry where it feels like you simply can’t catch your breath?

Middle School Camp Mistakes

on June 29, 2022 by

Over the last 10-15 years, I have chosen to run my own camps for my groups and/or decided to run missions trips…

Lessons I’ve Learned Over My 30 Years...

on June 22, 2022 by

Greg Stier: The 5 Most Important Lessons…

Help Me With… Administration

on June 20, 2022 by

We gathered up some of our favorite resources to help

How To Thrive In The Second Half Of Your...

on May 18, 2022 by

Now is the Perfect Time to Reboot Your Marriage

Bridging The Gap Between Senior Pastors ...

on April 21, 2022 by

How to more effectively communicate with your senior pastor

How Often Do You Evaluate Your Youth...

on April 13, 2022 by

We’re sharing how to, what to, and why you should

Did You Get A Raise? Do The Inflation #...

on April 11, 2022 by

Youth Pastor Compensation Update with Dan Navarra

Book: Undistracted, by Bob Goff

on April 11, 2022 by

What it looks like to live a beautiful and purposeful life rather than drifting aimlessly from one season to the next

High School Youth Group Is Changing—So...

on April 7, 2022 by

How High School Youth Group Has Changed and What To Do

Our 10 Failures Of Leading Volunteers

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Regardless of the size of your group, every healthy youth ministry has a healthy volunteer staff

Fail: Finding Hope & Grace In The...

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Lessons From Ministry Mistakes

on March 31, 2022 by

They have taught me so many lessons and changed my philosophy of ministry along the way. Here are three of the “biggies”

Book: Young Adult Ministry Now

on March 28, 2022 by

Churches need young adult ministry now because the Church needs young adults—now.

Characteristics of Long-Term Pastors

on February 24, 2022 by

7 Characteristics of Long-Term Pastors Who Don’t Give Up Easily

Why We Don’t Play Gross Or Messy Games...

on February 21, 2022 by

What if their experience in the room undermines the message we preach?


Fun Is Not The Enemy

on February 21, 2022 by

Utilize fun and games as one of the best ways to establish a gospel-culture in your ministry

Who is Gen Alpha An How Can We Prepare?

on January 25, 2022 by