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Top 10 Keys to Longevity in Youth Ministry

Top 10 Keys to Longevity in Youth Ministry

I received this question from a youth worker in December: I am speaking at a youth ministry event on Longevity in Ministry. I would love to hear back from you on what your top 10 secrets of longevity in ministry are? Here’s what I wrote in response (in no particular order): Embrace humility. Ask people [...]

6 Ways to Integrate Teens into Your Church

6 Ways to Integrate Teens into Your Church

I love it that more and more churches are valuing students enough to be intentional about integrating them into the larger church body, realizing that a youth ministry in isolation can have some very detrimental effects. Here’s a few ideas I have for integrating teenagers into the church body and some thoughts on each. 1. [...]

3 Innovations Youth Ministry Must Make

3 Innovations Youth Ministry Must Make

Here are a handful of innovative movements I long to see in youth ministry and am committing myself to. Go organic. Buy local. Youth ministry simply must become more organic and local. Of course, your practice of youth ministry is local, but I’m addressing the whole engorged body of thinking and resourcing and modeling in [...]

Top 10 Characteristics of a Healthy Youth Ministry

Top 10 Characteristics of a Healthy Youth Ministry

My friend Mike asked me, “What are the top ten characteristics of a healthy youth ministry?” There are a million lists like that floating around, but it did make me stop and commit to a “top 10″ list for myself.  So here’s my list, subject to revision. 10.  Safe space. We live in what sociologist [...]

We Need Some Painful Disruption in Youth Ministry

We Need Some Painful Disruption in Youth Ministry

Last fall, a friend of mine sent me this quote in a Google chat: The major advances in civilisation are processes that all but wreck the societies in which they occur. – Alfred North Whitehead And, immediately, I started thinking of youth ministry. And this is what came to mind: I don’t like pain. I [...]

6 Lessons Learned by a Former Youth Pastor Turned Volunteer

6 Lessons Learned by a Former Youth Pastor Turned Volunteer

I’ve really enjoyed this past year of being a volunteer youth leader at New Life Christian Church (Alexandria, MN)! It’s been a lot of fun to build relationships with the teenagers and be able to do all the parts of youth ministry I really enjoy. The past year of volunteering has been very refreshing for [...]

10 Trends that Will Reshape Youth Ministry

10 Trends that Will Reshape Youth Ministry

What will youth ministry look like in 2020? There are more studies of young people and their faith today than at any time in human history.  Despite this wealth of information, our methods have not significantly changed since contemporary youth ministry was birthed in the 1950s and 60s.  That will change in the coming years. [...]

Addressing Sinful Behavior in the Youth Group

Addressing Sinful Behavior in the Youth Group

How do you address sinful behavior within the youth group without driving people away? Especially when it’s something a lot of people are doing and the parents and even youth ministers are ignoring it. Can you even do this? So first things first, I don’t know if you can do this. When there’s sin, it [...]

Moralistic Therapeutic Deism

Moralistic Therapeutic Deism

So what’s wrong with moralistic therapeutic deism? No doubt:  the church has been guilty of worse crimes than instilling MTD in teenagers. In fact, MTD probably evolved partly from well-meaning Christians who don’t want to repeat the atrocities done in the name of religion throughout history. I know this is true for me. When I [...]