Take Care of Your Own Health

Over the past several months, I have been writing a series MinistryPlace.Net that coincides with a workshop I teach called “Healthy Youth Leaders Do This: ______”. The workshop looks at characteristics that promote healthy youth ministry and serving your ministry from a healthy place. Little did I know what God would do with this line of thinking in my own …

"Cheap Grace" Isn't Grace

I was a senior in college, interning at a local church. The youth pastor asked me to attend a high school Christian club meeting on his behalf. I was happy to oblige. It was almost the end of the school year, and this club was meeting one last time before the summer started. During the club, students played a couple …

Accountability In Youth Ministry

I found myself recently in a discussion about the role of accountability in discipling students. The discussion centered around the place accountability has in disciplemaking, and some of the tension we feel in attempting to engage in it with students. I get this tension. But I think it’s a healthy tension. Before we dig in, humor me as I define accountability …

5 Ways to Lose a Volunteer

In youth ministry, we are always trying to get more adults on board with raising up the next generation and equipping them for a lifetime of faith. Recruiting volunteers is no easy task, and landing a high-capacity leader is even more difficult. After all, we want more than warm bodies leading our students, we want leaders who are fully invested, …

Biblical Worldview and the Way We Teach Children

How a Biblical Worldview Shapes the Way We Teach Our Children Dr. Timothy Paul Jones To have a biblical worldview is to interpret every aspect of our lives—including our relationships with children—within the framework of God’s story. At the center of God’s story stands this singular act: In Jesus Christ, God personally intersected human history and redeemed humanity at a …

How to "Look" Organized

This past June, my job at the church I’ve been working at for two years changed significantly. I had been the youth director, but when our Finance Director retired, our Rector asked if I’d like to add that to my responsibilities. Honestly it was a stretch. I don’t have any experience in finance, adding finance into my role as youth …

Mission Trips Can Be Dangerous

We currently live in a culture that has a 24-hour news cycle that seems to be filled with nothing but negative elements and danger around the world. You and your students carry phones with constant push notifications in their pockets that bring either joys, laughs or fear regarding the world around them. These images and elements alone often keep people …

How Not to Be the Best

Bruce stopped by one time to take me out for lunch. I enjoy free food with good friends, especially friends that I haven’t seen for a while. The two of us sat down at the restaurant, the smell of hot Philly cheese steak sandwiches and fries bringing smiles to our faces; our appetites knew relief was on the way. I …

Raising the Bar for Volunteers

There is a lot riding on our volunteers, isn’t there? But chances are, right this very moment, you’re wishing at least one of your volunteers would give you just a little bit more. So how do you get it? How do you ask for it? How can you raise the bar for your volunteers, without scaring them away? Here are 4 things …

Student Pastor: Get Out

Get out, relocate your ministry. The best parental advice I ever received­­ and the advice I pass on the most­­ is this: My son Josh and I love sports. Beginning with a trip to Wrigley Field when Josh was 12, we have been to over ten different MLB parks. We¹ve enjoyed live NFL and NBA games, minor baseball games, and more Tar Heel games than we can remember. …