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…

There’s only a few weeks left with my senior guys small group.  It’s sad because I’ve met with them at least once a week, every week for the last 4 years and next year they’ll be away at college.  We’ve gone deep as a group, and the relationships I have with them extends past our weekly meeting. 

If I’m totally honest it’s been a struggle to keep them together these past four years.  We’ve faced a lot of challenges with schedules and life change.  But, we’ve persevered and overall I feel like the group has been successful.  

Successful small groups are healthy small groups.  Healthy small groups are key to a healthy youth ministry.  Teenagers will go deeper in their faith and your community will grow stronger.  To keep these groups together despite all the challenges you need to make sure they have the right qualities.  That means each of your small groups needs: Continue Reading…

I’m a huge fan of April Fools Day.  I do everything from small little, “gotchas” to well thought out pranks.  This year I switched around the contents of people’s desk.  As one coworker pointed out, “Funny, but annoying.”

Pranks can be fun, if who you are pranking can handle it and if you are willing to receive it in return.  If it goes too far, then it’s borderline cruelty.

The same can happen in youth ministry.  You might be thinking that you are having fun, but then a:

  • GAME
  • BIT
  • JOKE

…goes a little too far.  You might not see it, but a student can get their feelings hurt when fun goes too far.  It’s a tension youth ministers need to embrace.  While you need to strive to have fun, it’s important to realize it can go too far.  To determine that balance: Continue Reading…

The first year we separated our Confirmation program from the regular high school ministry program numbers plummeted.  Teenagers no longer had to come, so they didn’t.  Now we had to figure out how to advertise that they GET TO COME.  

You’ve tried large events like lock-ins and ski trips.  You put a lot of effort, hoping that it creates a buzz and it might.  But, if you want healthy growth you need to know how to advertise the the importance and value your youth ministry will have in their life.  That means building a communication strategy.  To get the word out that your youth ministry is more than pizza you need to: Continue Reading…

The days are longer and Spring is trying to bust through.  This can only mean one thing…lacrosse season is here.  While there is competition to our youth ministry year round, things really don’t heat up until lacrosse season.  That means tournaments on the weekends, practices and games after school.  Our participation dwindles and it can be frustrating.

Every youth ministry is going to have competition.  It could be professional football on Sundays, after school activities or just plain busyness.  No matter what your ministry faces it can build frustration, and jealousy.  To be relevant and take on what the competition is throwing out, it’s important that you: Continue Reading…