//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 Unleashing the Hidden Potential of Your Student Leaders (Abindgon Press), 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 fourth book, A Mission that Matters. 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.
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. …