Free their minds…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaoSSVQz37A Free their minds… and their hearts will follow. (Sorry En Vogure, I changed it.) Is the primary task of my ministry to cram as much of what I know into their heads or is it to teach them how to think? Rhetorical, right? Wrong. My actions say the former while my brain says the…… Continue reading Free their minds…

If Sunday morning is about teaching…

Then how are you measuring what people are learning? As a youth worker I’m always aware of leakage in my teaching. That is, the difference between what I am teaching and what learners are learning. There is a naughty little educational word called “retention” we need to deal with. If there isn’t, what is the…… Continue reading If Sunday morning is about teaching…

Titus 1 & 1 Timothy 3: Six Things the Bible doesn’t say

Here are the two most often quoted passages from the New Testament about the qualifications of a pastor. Titus 1:5-9 [Brackets, mine] The reason I [Paul] left you [Titus] in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders [some translations use the word leader] in every town, as…… Continue reading Titus 1 & 1 Timothy 3: Six Things the Bible doesn’t say

4 Types of Youth Ministry Teachers

Teaching is a core competency for youth ministry. If you’re going to make it… you had better be an above average communicator of God’s Word. Titus 1:9 gives a simple description of a ministry overseer that is tough to escape: “He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that…… Continue reading 4 Types of Youth Ministry Teachers

The Bible is Useful

Recently we took a survey of Youth Specialties customers. The results of one particular question completely shocked me. Here it is: When I was looking through the initial survey results I turned around to Tic, and said… “Wanna know why so many youth groups are struggling to keep students for the long haul? There’s the…… Continue reading The Bible is Useful

Should pastors be formally educated?

It’s becoming increasingly popular in large churches for pastoral staff positions to be filled with people trained in business skills and not ministry skills. (i.e. They’ve got the title “pastor” and all the perks that go with it, without going to Bible College or Seminary.) Let me know what you think about that trend. Vote…… Continue reading Should pastors be formally educated?