Another reason why I love YCM

I just won a free IPAD from Youth Conference Ministries.  I have always loved the Great Escape and there Son Servants trips. My church has been going to Great Escape since 2003.  YCM just gave me another reason to love them…. If you are looking for a great mission trip or a junior high conference […]

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Visioning

I am excited to announce a guest post from Colin Cannon on the topic of Visioning.
Derek Zoolander said it best, “ who am I? I don’t know I guess I have a lot to ponder.” Many ministries really never stop to ask the hard question, “who are we?” Most times we plug in programs and activities into our Ipad’s or Iphones and soon wonder why we are not fulfilling our mission.

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Thanksgiving

As you gather for thanksgiving, I pray that you would have a happy and healthy holiday. I am spending this week with my friends and family and won’t be posting updates until Monday. Next week we will b wrapping up our conversation on Mentoring and we have a great article from Colin Cannon about Leadership […]

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The Heart of Youth Ministry: Mentoring Adult Leaders

One of the most difficult things we are asked to do as youth workers is to mentor adult leaders. It is an awkward situation many youth directors find themselves in when they are asked to mentor adult leaders who are often much older than themselves; it is an odd position to be a twenty two […]

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Choosing to Cheat

I just listened to a great podcast about self-care for clergy. The podcast is titled “Choosing to Cheat” by Andy Stanley. It is part of Andy Stanley’s leadership program. I highly recommend it and best of all it is free. Self-care is difficult for most clergy and Andy Stanley shares his experiences as a minister. […]

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The heart of youth ministry: Peer Mentoring

Peer mentoring is one of the most effective tools in our youth ministry tool box. I have witnessed peer mentoring turn around struggling youth programs, give students a clear vision for leadership, and even make a place for the “leper” in teen culture. Peer mentoring is the process by which a youth ministry utilizes students […]

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Pastoral Narcissism

I thought this was a great article in Christianity Today about Pastoral Narcissism. The author JR Kerr was speaking directly to ministers but I think this problem has long reaching consequences for Youth Workers, Associate Pastors, and Volunteers. We live in a world of self promotion.  Click on the photo for the link!

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The Heart of youth ministry: Mentoring

This week I will be taking some time to reflect on mentoring. The core of youth ministry is mentoring. The apostle Paul addressed the Corinthian church in 1 Corinthians 11:1 and encouraged the church to follow Paul as he followed Christ. Mentoring in youth ministry is doing your best to demonstrate Christ to your students, […]

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Youth Ministry according to “the Middle”

I was watching “the Middle” the other day. It is a funny little show about the Heck family who lives in the middle of America, very similar to “Malcolm in the Middle”. On Wednesday they showed a very funny Halloween episode where Sue Heck, the teen daughter, attends the annual Youth Group Halloween party. The […]

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Fundraising that dirty little word

Fundraising, that dirty little word. Over the years, I have heard from many new youth workers the statement: my church told me “oh don’t worry you will never need to fundraise, we fully fund our ministries.” What they mean is “You won’t need to fundraise; unless you actually decide to do your job… because this […]

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