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When Ministry Drag‘s You Down

on January 25, 2020 by

Ministry can a very rewarding. However, it can also be very stressful and frustrating

3 Ugly Truths About Weekend Retreats

on January 18, 2020 by

Weekend Retreats can be the most important date on your youth ministry calendar

Book: Spiritual Parenting

on January 16, 2020 by

An Awakening for Today’s Families

Job: Find Your Side Hustle

on January 15, 2020 by

Fifteen years ago, I found myself unexpectedly let go from a full-time youth ministry role

What To Do With A Failing Student...

on January 14, 2020 by

My first several attempts at student leadership were miserable failures

Social Media Tips To Start The New Year

on January 14, 2020 by

Here is a list of social media tips and reminders that will help you be more effective today than you were yesterday

Why Your Youth Group Needs Generational...

on January 14, 2020 by

Two realities that should shape our approach to youth ministry

First-Century Youth Ministry

on January 11, 2020 by

Exploring Our Jewish Roots to Reclaim Discipleship

New Year’s Prayer

on December 24, 2019 by

New Year’s Prayer

By George Lockhart

As the new year approaches, here are a few questions I like to pray through:

How did the…

Campus Ministry: Public School Teachers...

on December 21, 2019 by

How do I live out my faith legally? Does my union
represent my values?

Orange Small Group Leader Resource...

on December 12, 2019 by

If you want this new year to be an opportunity to intentionally recharge and redirect you and your leaders, here are two…

All I Want for Christmas – 10 Youth...

on December 11, 2019 by

But if you want to know what a youth pastor really wants…

NYWC 2019: Tech Hacks For Youth Ministry

on November 30, 2019 by

NYWC2019 Deep Dive Recap “Tech to Help You Look Like A Pro”

How To Think Through Your Youth Ministry...

on November 26, 2019 by

I hope this is a helpful method to run your lessons and teaching through.

Top 5 Youth Ministry Books From The...

on November 18, 2019 by

Each of these books has helped me think through key issues related to church ministry and today’s culture

Starting A Campus Ministry

on November 14, 2019 by

One of the immediate action steps he prompts is for churches to be present in the life of their local schools, with…

5 Reasons I’m Staying In Youth...

on November 9, 2019 by

One of the easiest ways to offend a youth minister is to ask when he’s going to become a “real pastor

Book: A Biblical Theology Of Youth...

on November 8, 2019 by

Excellent book … those of us who think theologically about youth ministry, and the role of youth pastor, have been waiting for.

Don’t Start A College-age Ministry...

on November 7, 2019 by

We must start with young people, not programs.

Best Business Practices You Need In...

on November 2, 2019 by

We learned to integrate several of the best business practices into our family

A Vision For Multiplying Your New...

on November 2, 2019 by

Jesus had a big vision and started with the end in mind. Here are a few of God’s “vision statements

Start Up: 4 People You Need To Meet On...

on November 2, 2019 by

These are valuable people on your campus that can help you organize and benefit the ministry

How To Create A Professional Photo Booth

on October 20, 2019 by

The Photobooth that we created will be unmanned and sit out in the lobby the 4th Tuesday of each month

Relational Youth Ministry

on October 9, 2019 by

Often times adult volunteers want to be liked by students, so they cross the line between friend and mentor

FIRED! Part 3

on October 8, 2019 by

The Spouse

FIRED! Part 2

on October 8, 2019 by

The Redemption Story

FIRED! Part 1: Lies They Say When They...

on October 8, 2019 by

FIRED! 5 Lies You Are Told When You Are Let Go From A Church

3 Cultural Changes As A Youth Worker

on October 7, 2019 by

“Do you think you’ll ever change the night of youth group?  My son/daughter is just too busy and they’re missing out.”

Parents: 5 Reasons To Keep Your Students...

on October 7, 2019 by

Why is youth group important?

Youth Ministries Working Together

on October 4, 2019 by

A Kingdom-minded ministry is about reaching kids for Christ and plugging them into the local church…not your local church

Book: Mentorship And Marketplace

on October 4, 2019 by

A New Direction for Youth Ministry

4 Questions To Ask About Your Ministry...

on September 20, 2019 by

What is one thing (if any) that we should consider killing in the new year? What is one thing (if any) we…

Better Planning For A Better Fall

on September 20, 2019 by

Here are a few enhancements that you can make to your planning that will help your group to do better in the…

5 Fall Events Student Ministries Can Do

on September 20, 2019 by

5 fall events….reach new students and introduce them to what your ministry is all about

Flashback: Being Strategic This Year In...

on September 13, 2019 by

How to Strategically Scope and Sequence your Year

4 Ways To Keep Your Youth Pastor For The...

on September 10, 2019 by

Being a youth pastor at one church for the entirety of my ministry career is one of the greatest blessings of my…

How To Improve Your Youth Ministry...

on September 6, 2019 by

7 simple ideas youth leaders from across the nation have shared with me that will help improve your youth ministry program

4 Tips To Partner With Parents In Your...

on August 26, 2019 by

(Even when you are not one)

How to Strategically Scope and Sequence...

on July 27, 2019 by

Dan Istvanik

Connecting With Parents During The...

on July 26, 2019 by

When was the last time you went out of your way to meet with a parent, when their teen wasn’t in any…

When A Student Fails To Show Up

on July 18, 2019 by

I don’t know about you, but I often feel like I’m not cool enough to warrant time with many of the students…

The First 60 Days Of A New Job

on June 25, 2019 by

Pray that I stick to these things as I begin to learn this new church culture and learn… just learn.

New: This Summer Try Vision Casting With...

on June 19, 2019 by

The more time you can invest in your leaders this way, the more likely your fall is going to start off strong

 

Sticking With Youth Ministry For The...

on June 16, 2019 by

If you’re feeling discouraged or out of gas in this season of leading, this article is for you

The Next Step In Growing A Healthy Youth...

on June 5, 2019 by

When you invite students to be co-creators of their own ministry, it boosts their ownership of and commitment to what you are…

Youth Pastors Are Also Youth...

on May 26, 2019 by

Let’s face it… in today’s America, students are not just walking into your church off the streets because they wake up one…

Getting Parents Involved In Youth...

on May 9, 2019 by

One of the most common complaints I hear from student pastors is that they are having a hard time getting youth parents…

Dealing With Difficult People In...

on May 8, 2019 by

I’ve often heard that the worst thing about Churches is that they are filled with imperfect people

What Every New Minister Should Be Asking

on April 23, 2019 by

I have transitioned into six new churches and picked up a few things along the way. At one church, I…

Ministry Is Messy

on April 23, 2019 by

Embracing the Mess of Relational Ministry

DYM: Parent Tips Podcast Hosted By...

on April 18, 2019 by

FREE podcasts about youth ministry, youth culture… and now they have me tackling parenting!

How To Revitalize Your Youth Ministry...

on April 17, 2019 by

5 Programming Ideas to Revitalize Your Ministry Calendar

8 Steps To Planning A Good Parent...

on April 16, 2019 by

Share resources about youth culture, parenting tips and resources for them to be a more effective parent. Whatever you are reading (you…

A 13-Month Plan Your Kids’ Parents...

on April 16, 2019 by

When I was young I planned without regard for a typical family’s calendar and budget

Book: Within Reach

on April 8, 2019 by

The power of small changes in keeping students connected

Belonging And Community The Secret Sauce...

on April 1, 2019 by

Instead of creating a space for awesome games and great decor, we need to create space for deep belonging and real community

Spark Attendance & Build Momentum

on March 31, 2019 by

How to Use Theme Nights

How To Lead When You’re Not In Charge

on March 20, 2019 by

One of the greatest myths of leadership is that you must be in charge in order to lead

Flashback: The Secret Ingredient To Home...

on March 13, 2019 by

Finding the right family to host the Group is absolutely critical to the success of the group.

5 Ways To Beat The Springtime Attendance...

on March 13, 2019 by

You had a great fall and the winter months but,  spring attendance falls and you are wondering what happened?

The StudentMinistry Podcast: YouthPastor...

on March 11, 2019 by

Amazing resource for youth pastors regarding compensation,  raise, taxes, housing allowance, and other pieces of the financial side of ministry.

The Benefits Of Intergenerational...

on March 8, 2019 by

The long-term perspective of the older saints encourages the younger generation to continue in faithfulness and service.

Book: Mentoring The Next Generation

on March 7, 2019 by

Provides a real-world and pro-active strategy to practically connect the generations in your church

Goal Setting & Implementation

on February 28, 2019 by

It’s that time of the year in which we take a good look at our ministry and begin to work through our…

Books: The Parent And Family Ministry...

on February 25, 2019 by

Here’s a list of some of our favorite books for church leaders that are building a family ministry in their church.

Why Home Is the Best Location For Youth...

on February 22, 2019 by

They met in homes and discipleship started booming. Kids began growing, getting connected, inviting more friends. Numbers grew.

How Home Groups Can Help Your Student...

on February 21, 2019 by

Taditional youth group night was becoming less effective, we did also notice that home groups were becoming more effective

Why We Ought To Reimagine Youth Ministry

on February 13, 2019 by

If we don’t reach our kids with the gospel by middle school, we have already lost our chance

Gen Z, “Snackable Content” &...

on February 5, 2019 by

Here are some things our teams come up with and ministering to GenZ

The Benefits Of Continuing With Ministry...

on February 3, 2019 by

Success in student ministry doesn’t always happen while they are students in your program. It often happens years later. That is why…

Bivocational Youth Ministry

on February 3, 2019 by

Being a bivocational youth ministry worker comes with a unique set of challenges—like two bosses, two workplace

Helping Student Athletes Win On And Off...

on January 29, 2019 by

How to Help Your Student Athletes Win On and Off the Field

How Enneagram Helped My Ministry

on January 22, 2019 by

You may be a skeptic or have confusion about the Enneagram and thats okay. These have just been a few ways the…

Note To My Younger Youth Worker Self: ...

on January 22, 2019 by

Ys

Note To My Younger Youth Worker Self: ...

on January 22, 2019 by

Ys

Family Relationships Over Ministery

on January 16, 2019 by

Because I am in ministry, I’ve gotten my vocation mixed up with my relationships in Marriage, Children and God

Resolutions and goals

on December 31, 2018 by

So I have to ask, What are your youth ministry goals this year?

Flashback: Make Your Goals Happen This...

on December 31, 2018 by

Dream about what could and should be happening in your ministry.

3 REVERSE CULTURE TRENDS FOR 2019

on December 30, 2018 by

Pop culture tends to change at the speed of light. As soon as we begin to take hold of a rising trend,…

How To Speak To Middle Schoolers

on December 21, 2018 by

Concerned about translating the gospel into the (foreign, treacherous) culture of Jr High

Changes In Youth Ministry

on December 21, 2018 by

How To Make Successful Changes In Youth Ministry

Why Young People Leave The Church…...

on December 16, 2018 by

How Apologetics Can Address the Six Reasons Why Young People Leave the Church

Why Many Youth Pastors Don’t Make It&...

on December 16, 2018 by

I believe the following four principles capture a biblically grounded vision of what ministry to youth should entail

The Landscape Of Youth Ministry

on December 11, 2018 by

Here are 5 ways that youth ministry has changed since 1995

Keeping Students Committed To Christ...

on November 30, 2018 by

You can’t be a serious-about-faith-and-nurture parent, youth worker, pastor, or educator and not be concerned.

Unleashing youth as co-participants in...

on November 27, 2018 by

5 Essentials to help unleash the passion and creativity of young people in your church

Flashback: Why Youth Ministry…...

on November 27, 2018 by

Accurate beliefs come only from Scripture-centered ministry and spirituality.

Flashback: Why Youth Stay In Church When...

on October 30, 2018 by

It is converted students who go on to love Jesus and serve the church.

Tensions With My Senior Pastor

on October 27, 2018 by

You making an effort to show him that you support HIM will show him that he has your loyalty

Being Trustworthy Leader

on October 26, 2018 by

4 Traits of a Trustworthy Leader

Wise Words For Busy People

on October 25, 2018 by

Ever had a busy season in your life?  I’ve found that this fall has been an extremely busy time

Developmental Appropriateness Of A...

on October 25, 2018 by

7 questions to help you

Missions: “Pimping The Poor” Or ...

on October 14, 2018 by

Connects a group with permanent ministries in a community in order to provide support to those ministries

Youth Ministry Evaluation

on October 14, 2018 by

6 Questions ever youth worker should ask

Make Successful Changes In Youth...

on October 12, 2018 by

A helpful guide to grid and map out the requirements for navigating change

Starting A Youth Ministry

on October 4, 2018 by

(Pioneering advice from 15 youthworkers)

Encouragement For Weary Youth Pastors

on October 4, 2018 by

Youth workers don’t have expiration dates

Administration And Budgets

on October 4, 2018 by

Annette shares Ministry Architect’s findings as it pertains to budget, staffing, and volunteer norms for children’s ministry and how we can always…

Where Is National Youth Ministries And...

on October 1, 2018 by

“We don’t just do these big Jesus camps where kids get all jacked up”

4 Ways To Partner With Parents

on September 19, 2018 by

… (even when you aren’t one)