Some nights I just want to drown my face in a Chick-fil-a Cookies & Creme Milkshake.  Those nights usually come in the midst of a season where youth ministry feels like a job.  Instead of enduring the pain I succumb to pressure and devour the milkshake.  For a few moments I’m free and then reality comes right back.

There will be seasons when you just have to endure.  The pain might be the result of:

  • Volunteer Turnover
  • A Parent Who Chews You Out
  • Declining Attendance
  • Tension With The Pastor

Doesn’t matter what the source of the problem is, life is difficult.  To endure the difficult seasons and come out stronger on the other side, it’s important to:  Continue Reading…

Money can stress me out.  I don’t like that it does, but when something breaks or a life change that involves money happens, I can freak out.  I love ministry, but life is expensive and there have been times when I’ve wondered, “Is this really worth it?”

It’s no secret that a youth minister’s salary is nothing to brag about.  But, money isn’t why you got into youth ministry.  You got involved  Continue Reading…

I only remembered the first two minutes of the movie.  Before the opening credits were over I was asleep.  My tiredness was from a long week of busyness.  My body worn out, needed rest.

The pressure to do more in youth ministry is exhausting.  It can get so overwhelming that the idea of rest seems foreign.  It’s during these moments that you should stop and look at what you can do to find rest.  To get there you need to:

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I’m addicted…to Flappy Bird.  I’m afraid to delete it because I know I’ll never get it back (Here’s why).  Why do I love the game so much? It’s mindless, simple and great at clearing the mind.  Despite it’s fun, I still need something to refuel my empty tank.

It’s perfectly normal to feel exhausted after a day of youth ministry.  You are invested in relationships, studying Truth and fighting spiritual battles.  How you wind down from a challenging job is important.  And, while games like Flappy Bird can help ease the burden, it won’t refuel you for the next day. Continue Reading…

It breaks your heart, when a teen opens up and shares with you that they’re hurting.  It changes the way you look at youth ministry.  Almost like they’ve dropped a bomb on your world.

Youth ministry is fun and easy when it comes to playing games.  It’s inspiring when a teen shares his story.  When a teen reveals a deep secret, it’s like a bomb has gone off in the room.  It’s a moment where you can celebrate that a teen trusts you.  It’s also a moment that is so pivotal in a teen’s faith journey. Continue Reading…