//Jen Bradbury

About Jen Bradbury

Jen serves as the director of youth ministry at Faith Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Jen is the author of The Jesus Gap: What Teens Actually Believe about Jesus and the corresponding student devotional, The Real Jesus (The Youth Cartel). She's currently writing her third book, Unleashing the Hidden Potential of Your Student Leaders (Abindgon Press). Her writing has also appeared in YouthWorker Journal, Immerse, and The Christian Century. When not doing ministry, she and her husband Doug can be found hiking, backpacking, and traveling with their toddler, Hope.
6 Jul 2017

When to Report Up

By | 2017-07-06T11:05:55+00:00 July 6th, 2017|Youth Pastor Life|0 Comments

As a youth pastor, as much as you might like to be the one who’s in charge of your church, you’re not. Whether it’s another person in the youth ministry or an associate or senior / lead pastor, you’ve got …

15 Mar 2017

Life-giving rules

By | 2017-03-15T05:49:12+00:00 March 15th, 2017|Leadership, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Our youth ministry has a set of ground rules that we reiterate every time we gather. They’re basic things that establish how we relate to and interact with one another. Our ground rules include:

  1. When one person talks, everyone

2 Mar 2017

Saying Good-Bye Well

By | 2017-03-02T05:22:21+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|Leadership, Youth Pastor Life|2 Comments

Three years ago, our associate pastor left to take another call. Our church immediately scheduled a farewell dinner. I assumed the students who she’d worked closely with during her tenure at our congregation would attend. While some did, most didn’t. …