The “No Purple” ministry has become a standard rule of thumb in many youth groups. Most of us make sure to remind our volunteers: female students should be mentored by female youth leaders and male students by male leaders.
Neely McQueen, Student Ministries Pastor at Overlake Church in Washington, believes youth groups that adopt this standard are missing out. She believes it can be very healthy for students to have discipleship-based relationships with leaders of the opposite gender.Read More
If you’re an experienced youth leader, you know the importance of involving parents in your ministry. But so much time is spent caring for and developing students and volunteers, that the opportunity to support and equip parents can so easily become a dream instead of a reality.Read More
Because of our work at Download Youth Ministry, I talk to youth workers everyday in one way or another (face-to-face, blog, email, phone, skype…even smoke signal occasionally). It’s interesting to me that one of the top questions and concerns I hear from them is, “Do I have what kids need?” That’s a fair question! I often wonder it myself. I’m a dad of a teenager with 3 more right behind and I wonder, “Do I have what kids need.” I don’t dress like them, I don’t listen to their music, I don’t share their likes, fears and concerns. What do I offer?Read More
Short post today, but it's something I'm challenged with as we try and follow the greatest leader to live.Read More
The web can be a very dangerous place for surfing. Like shark-infested waters, the internet is full of threats to the safety of our students. Without any censorship, you never know what kind of content is going to pop-up. Teenagers could be looking at a harmless site, but all of a sudden be bombarded with something you never wanted them to see.Read More