Awesome Youth Pastors

I’ve been blessed to be able to work in youth ministry for the last (almost) 15 years. During that time, I have worked for a handful of para-church youth ministry organizations that support youth ministers in some fashion. I have been immersed in the “industry” of youth ministry, literally engaging and interacting with thousands of youth ministers and ministries over …

An Unqualified Youth Guy

Those words left my mouth and found the ears of a Southern Baptist Senior Pastor, over lunch, during the course of my first interview for the youth pastor opening at his church. I didn’t want the gig. Well, let me take that back. I was open to the idea, but felt unqualified; and on paper, I was a complete trainwreck …

We Need Men

When you think of a man, what do you see? Who comes to mind?  When Apache leader Sitting Bull turned 12 years of age he had to spend a week in the wilderness to survive. Until recent animal protection laws came into play, Maasai warriors in Africa had to kill a lion with a spear. As a youth Daniel was …

Battling Pornography

Header image provided by SplitShire. This article was originally posted on CPYU.org on March 5, 2014Over the course of the last couple of weeks I’ve had several people ask me this question: “What do think is the biggest challenge facing children and teens today?” That’s a tough question to answer. Without a doubt, today’s “biggest challenge” is nothing new. It’s …

Leaders of Leaders

I sat on the other side of his desk.   I was new and it was just a few weeks into my new job.  I was excited because it was going to be my first time working in a church with another youth pastor on staff with me.  I had been additionally attracted to the position because even though I had …

Leaders Should Feel Valued

Let’s be honest, ministry can be overwhelming. Anything from creating the next sermon series to after church parent meetings, student ministers wear a multitude of hats. The student pastor role is unlike any other position in the church. Despite what people might think, your role is not to solely hang out with students at Starbucks, have pizza parties and play …

Commitment & Student Ministry

For the last couple of months, churches and youth ministers have told me their kids are less committed to church activities and functions than they used to be. Some of this might simply be due to a change in what it means to be “committed” to a local church today, which might look different than what it did 10 years …