Here's a fun new video we played for our Life Group leader training - it was a huge hit! Enjoy ...Read More
If you look in Webster's dictionary, I'm pretty sure lock-in is defined as a youth worker's hell.Read More
I think one of the most difficult things is when it comes to leading a ministry is the fact that people are the ones you are leading. People are broken so they are not going to be perfect and they are going to make some mistakes. Regardless if you don't mind conflict or if you loath it, having a difficult conversation is something that is not ideal but because you are the leader you have to do it. Because you are the leader, you should want the conversation to be positive in the aftermath because we want people to grow and reach their true potential. When it comes to teaching students or volunteers we always want to see growth come out of it. My supervisor is one of the best at this. We adapted this idea from him in our ministry and it such a great way to have difficult but growing conversations.Read More
I have a tendency to take things personally. And as an emotional extrovert it’s difficult for me not to get caught up in other people’s emotions. This is great if you are part of a pep rally, but a challenge when dealing with emotional or angry parents.Read More
As I was sitting in the DMV I was reflecting on a few things. As leaders grow and as you take a moment to look at your ministry and you want to begin to make adjustments its really easy to just go and do it. If you’re anything like me, you are constantly looking at your ministry, leaders, program, small groups, new volunteers, interns and students all at the same time and trying to figure out where to go next. It can be a little daunting right? 6 months ago we made a huge program shift. 4 weeks ago we launched small groups. These are huge things to take on and I’m sure you got something cooking as well.Read More
Unless you have been living in a lead-lined cave the last couple of months, you've probably heard the song “Watch Me” with the accompanying dance moves "the whip" and "the nae nae."
But maybe you literally were in that cave and don't know what I'm talking about. I got your back! Check out this video of the cutest little dance crew doing "the whip" and "the nae nae" along with the song.
It’s tough to be "current” without at least passively endorsing something that might be questionable as a youth pastor. I'm still trying to find forgiveness for watching this years Video Music Awards. Hahhahahah!!!
In our youth ministry we do try to be culturally relevant … sermon series topics/titles (we're doing Squad Goals right now), funny bits, videos or games that we create. We do this because our strategy is for our program and environment be fun and welcoming to eliminate the distractions that push away non-churched students.
Our ultimate goal is for our students to hear the life-changing message of Jesus and hopefully a friend that they may invite as well.
SO I wanted to give you something fun to help you accomplish both of those things! The Whip/Nae Nae band wagon is in full swing for just a little while longer, and this game was such A HIT when we played it at youth group we wanted to share this game for FREE with you!
Feel free to use it if you feel like it fits.
If you have any fun resource ideas we could create that jump on cultural that aren't totally sacrilegious (insert Miley Cyrus joke here) or if you already made one, reply and let me know!
Blessings as you serve student & Jesus this week!
High School Pastor
PS: I need to give a HUGE shoutout to AC, Adam and Travis for creating this freebie. I came back from vacation, played this game and said WE HAVE TO SHARE IT. They're geniuses ... I just get to send the email! Enjoy.
PPS: If you don't think that will work in your youth ministry context, no worries! DYM released 6 new resources today that may work for you.
Tonight is our college ministry fall kick off. We are expecting hundreds of college/young adults to come together and enjoy a great service, free food, human bowling and a dance party to kick off the school year. Our college pastor, Rachel, is what I call "The Queen of Community". She is the mastoer of getting people to meet each other and start conversations with random people without it being weird. It's mostly because she is very welcoming herself. Tonight we are having a little fun to get people up and moving, laughing and feeling a little more comfortable around each other.Read More
My church is just a few blocks away from Panera, which serves as my second office. On occasion, we hold our staff meetings there. I also regularly meet with adult leaders and students there. I do so for many reasons. As a youth worker, I want to be above reproach. This means that when I meet with a teen one-on-one, I ALWAYS do so in a public place. Panera is my default public meeting place.Read More