This past weekend our student ministries went on our local missions trip in some nearby cities. We had a ton of jr. high and high school students give up their Memorial Day weekend (even some students give up going to their prom to serve), pretty incredible. It was such a great weekend. 3 days of different serve projects, night-time sessions and growing together. It is one of my favorite trips we do all year-long. When I got home I was thinking about trip and had some thoughts on leading a mission trip with students.Read More
We spent a ton of time talking about the price of summer camp this year, and thought it might be interesting to take a poll and see what the price of camp is out there. There are a lot of variables to camp, but the price point is a big one!
The older my kids get, the better youth pastor I become.Read More
Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, cost of events, parents, think like a parent, youth ministry calendars, helping parents with teenagers, parent ministry, raising teenagers, parent friendly youth ministry
In the last decade there have been many times I have quit Youth Ministry. There are moments in life I have started my day thinking, “I just want to go find a 9 to 5.” Or maybe I could find a job where there is such a thing as “being off the clock.”
There are nights that I get home around midnight thinking I have to get up and do this all over again. Or before I teach all I can think about is “I cannot wait until tonight is over because I am so exhausted from the last 3 nights of already being out late at night”.Read More
In the Spring, my son plays soccer on a coed team, and as I sit back every Saturday morning and watch them play, I often hear other parents talking about the pressure coming from our coach onto his daughter to make the right move at just the right time. I hear lots of “poor girl”, and “a little girl can only take so much.” These parents are looking at this situation one-sided, with a narrow perspective. You know, I believe if we say…if we speak it out that she will eventually break and just give up, she will begin to see breaking as the only option and will eventually quit.
But if we begin to say that from all this pressure will come a beautiful well-developed soccer player, then do you know what she will begin to see? She will know that even after all of the pain, sweat, and tears that beauty will follow. She will flourish and thrive as a soccer player! So even as we sit on the sidelines cheering our little ones on, we should watch what we speak. Even when we don’t think the coach or his daughter can hear, other ears do and those words echo in the minds and out of the mouths of others.Read More
The other day I was feeling pretty down about me being a leader. Does that ever happen to you at all? There are just days in which you sort of question how you do ministry at all? Just me? Sweet. Well it was one of those days where I was in that mood. I was sitting at Starbucks doing whatever I was doing and some of our students walked in. We got to talking and they just would not stop going on about their leader. Their leader is a 45-year-old man with glasses and a beard, but they wouldn't shut up about how awesome their group time has been and how great he was.Read More
I was talking to a youth worker about how many nights out she was on a typical week. “I don’t know,” she said, “maybe 4 or 5?”
Now, 4 or 5 is a lot of nights out in a normal week. A lot. But, I’m also in the thick of the youth ministry trenches myself and realize this happens – once in a while. But the part of the answer that concerned me the most was that she didn’t know how many nights she was typically out.Read More
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