Building Community

Yes, I went there. It doesn’t matter if you are the youth pastor of a church reaching 20,000 students or 2 students, you cannot do this by yourself. It does not matter the amount of quiet time and blessings God heaps on you, He has wired each of us to live in community with others. This includes ministry. Ecclesiastes 4:12 …

Ministerial DNA

Do you every think much about your DNA? Obviously, it is something that is always with you and unique to you, never changing. What about your ministerial DNA? This is language I use a lot with friends and also the various teams I lead and interact with. It is extremely important to know what makes up your organization, ministry or …

Ministry Affairs

Does that sound at all familiar to you? How about if I was not talking about another person? Reread that description and apply it to your ministry. How about now? You would never imagine cheating on your spouse.  You love them and care for them deeply.  You have made conscience choices to protect yourself from sexual sin or from putting …

The Death of ‘Nominal Christianity’

Yet another study has been published showing a sharp drop in Christian affiliation amidst a ‘changing U.S. religious landscape.’  This time such statistical findings have been published by the Pew Research Center.  I have been very pleased with the response of prominent evangelical leaders to these trends.  Several months ago Ed Stetzer published an article highlighting four trends in Christianity and …

Tips for Male Youth Workers Interacting With Girls

As you read the rest of this article, I’m going to tell you to drop your guard a little. Be careful not to read this as “I’m the only person who can/needs to have this role in their life” because that will lead to “I’ve just been fired and am on a sexual offender list.” Am I being dramatic? Of …

Don't Waste The One

Youth ministry is a strange combination of competing expectations that others place upon you and that you place upon yourself. There’s the expectation to build a big youth group, but there’s also the desire to go deep in discipleship with those who are willing and hungry. There’s a strong need to reach lost students and do whatever it takes to …

Why I Don't Reach Out to Teens Anymore

After sitting back the other day pondering the important things in youth ministry I reached an epiphany, I shouldn’t reach out to teens anymore! Why you might ask? Here are a few reasons: 1. It’s not my job. I’m sure it was lost in the translation of the scripture from Greek to English but I’m sure Jesus actually meant “go …

The Gospel Integrity Gap

I was halfway into my Americano as I sat across the table from Bill, a ministry mentor, when he asked me this left-field question: “David, when do you feel most alive?” There was a prolonged silence as I considered this, and then I said “Well, I guess it’s when I’m spending time with my son – and when I’m preaching.” …

The Ideal Mentoring Breakdown

As Youth Pastors, we know we are called to the process of discipleship. This process takes many forms, but one of my favorites is mentoring students one-on-one. There is no substitute for the ministry and relationships built through long-term mentoring. When I began mentoring students, I made the mistake of only choosing the “cream of the crop,” or the student …

Pay It Backward

The phrase “Pay It Forward” has become such a mainstay of our cultural vocabulary and even our church-speech as well. Thanks in part to the year 2000 movie of the same name; everyone understands the concept and idea when we say those words. There is even a foundation that helps people “pay forward” good things to others around the world …