As Youth Workers, we should always be able to explain our “why.” To be more specific, we should always be ready to give an account of why certain events made our yearly calendars. In my context, we use our mission statement to vet everything we do. If a certain idea or event doesn’t pass the filter of our mission statement… …
As we plan our Sunday morning gatherings, broken people must be at the forefront of our minds. As we look to how we plan camps and retreats, are we engaging students beyond the “spiritual high” of the program? Are your small group leaders discipling students or simple asking a few questions in their time together? These are questions we should be asking ourselves.
I was sitting in a green vinyl chair in my Senior Pastor’s office in a South Texas rural Baptist Church. I was about a year and half into my first full-time youth ministry position, knowing that my experience as a youth pastor was as “green” as the chair I was sitting in. With that said, I was trying, and I …
While everyone might not give you the respect your role deserves (usually because they don’t fully understand what you do), I encourage you to go hard every day after being extraordinary in who you are and what you do. Strive for this daily not only for your good, but also for His Glory.
Family devotions, Scripture studies, or spiritual discussions help build a defense for your child’s spiritual health.
Youth ministers need to understand the true urgency of ministry which is one’s personal love for Christ and for the welfare of others in our communities.
How do we make teenagers care? It sounds as if it is asking for a paint-by-the-numbers process for cramming the importance of faith down our students’ throats. Part of me wanted to say that I’m not sure I want to be in the business of making anyone care about anything.
Missional student ministry flows out of a missional church seeking to create missional students. The compartmentalization of student ministry from the life of the church, often functioning as a virtual parachurch ministry using the church facility, must be replaced with an integrated approach involving the whole church ministering to the whole body, with specific application to various groups such as students and senior adults.
Our goal as parents isn’t to be perfect. It’s to be present. When we are there, involved in our kids lives by giving support, wisdom, correction, and even freedom to fail, God will instill in them, from scripture and our example, the ability to make good decisions.
In the legend of King Arthur, the king and his knights sat at a round table. There was no foot and no head. Each person sat at the table as an equal, as one who was called to serve the King and his Kingdom. I pray that Youth Ministry Round Table will be that type experience for you.