The Nuts and Bolts of Internship Supervision

Consideration should be given to how frequently you will meet with your interns. It is important to meet at least once a week. Before your first meeting, consider how you assess the skill’s your interns bring with them (Click Here for an Assessment Guide). By assessing their

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Considerations while launching an Intern Program

When launching an intern program, first consider how to make this program mutually beneficial for both your church or ministry and the intern. Launching an intern program is not just about what you and your congregation have to gain from their gifts and labors, but also about how

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Sixth Annual Youth Workers Conference at Messiah College

You can still sign up for this weekend’s Youth Workers Conference at Messiah College. Dr. Chap Clack will be speaking on the main stage. I will be leading

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Interview with Darrell Pearson

I had the pleasure this week to sit down with Darrell Pearson, Associate Professor of Youth Ministries at Eastern University; we had a wonderful discussion about some of the keys to developing a healthy youth ministry internship program. Darrell felt that a health

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The memory of a Senior Pastor: “When I used to do Youth Ministry.”

I thought this was an interesting blog post from Erin Lane entitled “Youth Ministry is not the future. It is the church right now.” I could relate to this for several reasons; first I have met several Senior Pastors who begin waxing nostalgic as soon as they find out I am in youth ministry. Second

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Is Pastoral Care Fair?

I listened to a great podcast last night by Andy Stanley pastor of North Point Community Church. Andy Stanley was discussing fairness in pastoral care. I thought he shared some very interesting insights and ideas. The title of the podcast is “Do it for one”. Here is the link.  

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Launching an Intern Program

Before you begin a youth ministry internship program there are a few things you need to consider first. Over the years, I have seen many unhealthy intern programs whose only reason for existence was to find an inexpensive way to meet a need in the church. I have witnessed churches start intern programs because they thought an intern could do the job of a youth pastor.

I really believe there should be only one motivation for launching an

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Video Spotlight: March Interns

Throughout the month of March, Directions in Youth Ministry will be discussing how you can develop and improve your internship program. I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!

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Creative Retreat Development

To live a creative lifestyle is to model our life after God. One can’t help but look at the world around us and marvel at God’s creativity. Here are a few things to keep in mind to enhance the creative process in your own life.

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What is sacred?

I thought this was a really interesting interview with Sean Kelly author of “All Things Shining”.  I have not read the book, but in this interview he did an excellent job of articulating a cultural shift that has taken place; in which many people have traded truly sacred moments (church, worship, communion) for lesser versions of the […]

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