youth ministry

Created on Monday, 14 April 2014 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, students, youth ministry, traits, characteristics, perseverance, humility, character, patience, compassion
I firmly believe that ultimately, as leaders, we lead by what we do whether we want to or not. We can be leading and speaking in one lane and living in another. Little do we know that our students, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 / Youth
Tags: Leneita Fix, youth ministry, questions, finished product, ministry leaders, faith, growth, followers, Jesus, small groups, activities, influence, relationship
If I ask you why you care for the students who are in your youth ministry, you will probably say something about helping them growing in their faith. I inquire, “OK, who do you want them to be?” You ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 March 2014 / Administration
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, youth ministry, efficiency, balance, stress, steward, lack of staff, volunteers, leadership support, abundance, evaluate, refocus, invest, plan, grow strategically
Have you ever been stressed out about ministry simply over the fact that you didn’t feel it was balanced? Welcome to the club. I think a lot of times we overvalue things that we probably could spend less ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 13 March 2014 / Youth
Tags: Brandon Early, Simply Youth Ministry, too long, too boring, teaching, communicate, message, trust, parents, short attention span, Jesus, speaking skills, edification, rambling, unconnected
I have been teaching and speaking for a couple decades now, and I am still growing. While I have not figured out how to give a perfect talk week after week, I do have a list of misses to avoid when teaching. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 10 March 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: millennials, church, Generation X, leave the church, change, church complaints, the bride of Christ, making a difference, helping Christians mature, connecting believers to God, take a stand, youth ...
I recently turned 35. I was raised on Saturday morning cartoons (DuckTales, Shirt Tales, lots of stuff with tales), cordless phones with extendable four-foot antennae, and Pop Rocks and Coke ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 06 March 2014 / Teens
Tags: Simply Youth Ministry, Chuck Bomar, ministering, gay teens, black and white issue, Greek, sexual immorality, porneia, discipling, marriage, bigot, Jesus, gay agenda
There is a new book out that I can’t wait to read. I’ll get to that in a minute. I have written no less than a half-dozen posts about the LGBTQ conversation. There is a world of complexities ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 08 January 2014 / Youth
Tags: Kyle Corbin, youth ministry, town, hamlet, village, recreation center, blue collar workers, recreation guide, walk, connection, Youth for Christ
My assumption is that very few of us are fortunate enough to do ministry in the area in which we were born. I am not talking about the state or province, but rather the actual town, city, hamlet or village. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 03 January 2014 / Youth
Tags: Tony Myles, More Than Dodgeball, trends, current, U.S., youth ministry, Miley Cyrus, Duck Dynasty, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Google, Christian
How do you get students to start serving and affecting their culture in the name of Jesus Christ? Maybe it begins by being in the loop on past and current trends. You’ve probably heard all the flashy headlines ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 28 November 2013 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, Saddleback Church, youth ministry, time, students, hugs, Jesus, high fives, control, small talk, guidance, prayer, discernment, fun
I love the craziness of large groups where I get to see a bunch a students at once. I love mowing through the crowd, giving hugs and high fives and randomly having greeting tribal dance-offs ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 / Youth
Tags: Leneita Fix, More than Dodgeball, small groups, youth ministry, curricula, ideas, books, formulas, approaches, Bible, life, Christ, prayers, leaders, students, heart, salvation
I totally revamped my approach to small groups in our ministry recently. We have tried a multitude of curricula, ideas, books, formulas and approaches. It has been topical and as simple as opening ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 10 October 2013 / Youth
Tags: Josh Griffin, Saddleback Church, youth ministry, teens, morale, testimony, love, parents, bragging, thank them, support, physical affirmation
Recently, we had a senior girl share her testimony at our high school program. It was powerful. Afterward, her peers came up and showed her love. What made the testimony even better was the fact that we ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 / Youth
Tags: Kurt Johnson, bomb, youth ministry, youth pastor, mission, timing, agenda, engagement, defensive, conversation, Saddleback Church
For most youth workers, few things in ministry are as dreaded as navigating conflict—especially when it comes in the form of an angry parent or frustrated volunteer and when it comes suddenly and unexpectedly. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 / Youth
Tags: Gina McClain, youth ministry, choices, wisdom, ramifications, lessons, preparation, conversation
It was another average weekday. Shortly after arriving home from work, I’m routinely rifling through the pile of papers pulled from my second-grader’s backpack. Amid the assortment of math worksheets, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 16 September 2013 / Youth
Tags: Teen Mania, youth, social media, Facebook, Instagram, smartphone, computer, texting, connectivity, Kemtal Glasgow, John F. Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., routine, youth ministry
In a world that has become so wrapped up in social media like Facebook, Instagram and avatars, has the live event lost it place? Has the “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves” become relegated to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 28 August 2013 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, youth ministry, parents, role, principles, primary, perfect, answers, prayers, encouragement, spiritually
This is a topic that freaked me out my first year in youth ministry. As a young parent myself, it’s not easy telling grown ups how to deal with their children. So, it took me a while to really get to a ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, Saddleback Church, youth leader, Jesus, youth ministry, relationships, students, potential, talk, challenge, faith
I’ve learned that relating to students is more about what you do than who you are. I wrote a post a while ago called “The Bs to Being a Great Youth Leader,” and it was about clearing up the misconceptions of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 18 June 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Kyle Corbin, Youth ministry, encouragement, folder, email, voices
You are slammed with things that need to get done, there is a parent that just won’t get off your case, or perhaps you just have heard more negative than positive lately. It sounds like you could use some ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 / Youth
Tags: Josh Griffin, Kurt Johnston, Saddleback Church, Youth Ministry, pastors, elders, numbers, attendance, signups, small groups, salvations, baptisms, database, Instagram, social media, blog, friend
As youth pastors, we don’t like to talk about numbers. If we do, it’s with wailing and gnashing of teeth, as we imagine the elders shaking their heads in frustration at the job we’re doing to reach the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 30 May 2013 / Youth
Tags: Josh Griffin, youth ministry, pitfalls, staff covenants, boundaries, opposite sex, Saddleback Church, youth workers, overspending, inappropriate relationships, money
I had a chance to get away with some of our youth ministry leadership team recently to process some of the common pitfalls that youth pastors face as they navigate ministry. My mind has hovered around ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 28 March 2013 / Youth
Tags: Josh Griffin, conversation, change, student, youth ministry
I am in youth ministry because of one conversation. OK, that isn’t entirely true—I’m in youth ministry because of a myriad of things: being raised well by godly parents; shaping moments throughout my childhood ... [ +++ ]
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