Category: youth ministry

  • My Commitment to an Intellectually Stimulating Youth Ministry

    My Commitment to an Intellectually Stimulating Youth Ministry

    My 17 year old is studying multiple languages and chemistry over summer break just to get a jump start, she thinks calculus is fun, and she reads complex literature in her spare time. The truth is that she’s really not that unusual. This is what today’s high school students do.

  • 13 Thoughts on 13 Reasons Why

    13 Thoughts on 13 Reasons Why

    Like [apparently] everyone else I watched the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why last week. I actually started watching it a couple weeks back but stopped after the first episode, it just wasn’t for me. But I watched the other 12 episodes in two days as I was traveling to New Jersey. It was an intense…

  • Coaching Newer Youth Workers

    Coaching Newer Youth Workers

    Historically, youth ministry has always been a young adults game. For many their first foray into working on staff at a church/parachurch, or even a first real professional job of any kind, comes with a call to youth ministry. As I’ve gone to youth ministry conferences and youth pastor meet-ups over the years they always seem dominated…

  • Why We Progress

    Why We Progress

    Sometimes life gives you glimpses of cultural progress. I got one of them yesterday. In a Facebook group I’m part of a youth worker posted this question: Any suggestions on how to handle homosexual or bisexual relationships in the group. We have a new attendee that I want to be careful with teaching in love…

  • Pokémon Go and Your Youth Ministry

    Pokémon Go and Your Youth Ministry

    There’s a new fad that’s completely wholesome, brings people to church, and is 100% free. In that sense Pokémon Go is pure youth ministry gold. But, like the 1849 Gold Rush, you’ll need to act fast because it won’t last long. I don’t see Pokémon Go lasting in the mainstream for very long… but it’ll be…

  • Youth Ministry as an Advocate for Vulnerable Children

    Youth Ministry as an Advocate for Vulnerable Children

    Perfect. No really, perfect. With my sarcasm volume cranked up to 100% I say it again, “We had the perfect ending to a perfect school year.” How perfect was this school year? It was so perfect that we’re planning a bonfire at the beach this weekend where we will burn everything. And I mean that literally.…

  • I’m Still Here

    I’m Still Here

    It’s 2016. Duh. But I started on this journey in 1994. Whoa. How many people can say that they set out to join a profession at 17 that they are still in at 39? Not just ministry-types… adults, in general? Not that many. Looking back at it now I see three waypoints that have me…

  • Where Are Our Heroes?

    Where Are Our Heroes?

    A youth worker from Arizona posted in a Facebook group: Do you any of you carry during youth events? Concealed or open? A shocking number of practicing ministers responded affirmatively. They carry a gun while working with teenagers. A minister of the Good News of Jesus Christ standing before his flock armed with a loaded…

  • February 2016 – “Youth Pastor” in the News

    February 2016 – “Youth Pastor” in the News

    Each month I publish a list of the search term “youth pastor” in Google News. Yes, this is an attack on youth ministry. Yes, this is personal. But it’s not me attacking us. It’s us attacking us. Our tribe destroys itself but while no self-change occurs. Collectively we devalue our profession in the eyes of…

  • January 2016 – Youth Pastors in the News

    January 2016 – Youth Pastors in the News

    Here’s a list of headlines from the month of January 2016 for the Google News search term, “Youth Pastor.” I’ve deleted multiple links to the same instance. 1/7/16 – Youth pastor charged with sexually assaulting five underaged boys while working at Aliso Viejo church – OC Register (CA) Former Youth Pastor Caught With Underage Girl Behind Genghis Grill…