Youth Ministry Resolutions

New Years

    The calendar has rolled over once again and it is time to make those annual New Year’s resolutions. It is important to consider what resolutions or goals we will set for our youth ministries this coming year.  The new year is a great time to reflect on how the school year is progressing […]


Summer Camp Survival Guide


It is that time of year again when youth workers across the nation begin gearing up for summer camp, a mission trip, or some form of outdoor ministry. It is a time filled with ritual and excitement, a time most of us have been working toward all school year.  Here is your list of items […]


When is a youth worker too old?

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I came across this great post today by Andy Blanks of YMIN 360. The post asks the question “When is a youth worker too old to be effective”.  I won’t give away his conclusion but as a Youth Worker I was encouraged by this article. Over the years some of the most effective youth ministry […]


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


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


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


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


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


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.


Mentoring a Student

Part of our calling as youth workers is to mentor students in our ministry.  Youth workers often call this by all sorts of things such as student leadership, discipleship etc.  One of the most important things to remember is you CANNOT mentor every student in your ministry. Some may hear this as freeing, others may […]