The Necessity of Winter Retreats

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… …

People are Greater Than Programs

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.

Leading from the Green Chair

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 …

Missional Student Ministry 101

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.

Have a Seat at the Table

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.