2014 Reading List

Have you started your 2014 reading list? One of the most exciting things for me in 2014 is for the first time in about 7 years I can pick all my own books to read. I have been in graduate school for last eight years and Undergrad before that. I have started to put together […]

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Youth Ministry Resolutions

    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 […]

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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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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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Developing a Retreat Theme

After you have selected a retreat center, you need to begin thinking about programming and the retreat theme. There are a few different options in developing a retreat theme. One method is to hire a speaker; this is probably the most expensive but is the least time consuming for you.

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Tips on Selecting a Retreat Center

Retreats can be a lot of fun but they can also be a lot of stress. One of the things you can do to reduce that stress is to properly evaluate a retreat center. I recommend visiting a retreat center before you deposit on the weekend.  When you evaluate a retreat center don’t go alone; […]

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Directions in Youth Ministry Spotlight: Retreat

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Common Prayer: A book to renew your spirit…

The other day I picked up Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals by Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, and Enuma Okoro. I often find it difficult to find appropriate devotional material. This book, while not a standard devotional book, lends itself well to use as a daily devotional. It is divided into several sections, including […]

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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 […]

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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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