//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.
2 Feb 2018

Favored Leaders

By | 2018-02-02T07:08:11+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|Leadership, Training, Volunteers|0 Comments

I love my youth ministry’s adult leaders. They’re the backbone of my youth ministry. They’re people I’ve recruited, equipped, and mentored. Some have served with me for almost a decade. I take caring for them seriously.

In my context, adult …

25 Oct 2017

Do you need me?

By | 2017-10-25T08:06:27+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment

“Mama, do you need me?” my 2-year old daughter, Hope, cried from the living room.

The truth is, I didn’t.

When Hope cried out to me, I was cooking dinner – making homemade mac & cheese out of squash. I …

12 Oct 2017

Why you should follow up

By | 2017-10-12T04:35:04+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment

The event’s due date passed and my numbers were bleak.

Worse, I simply hadn’t heard from the majority of people in my youth ministry.

Were they not interested? 

Did they have plans? 

Had they simply forgotten to turn in the

26 Sep 2017

A chance to preach

By | 2017-09-26T05:02:27+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Leadership, Teaching|1 Comment

On Sunday, I watched one of my former students, Marcy, preach in my congregation – the congregation where she grew up.  She stood at the pulpit, full of grace, and gave a beautiful message on Exodus 16:2-15.

Among other things, …

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 …