How to Speak Youth Worker
01 May 2015
If you’ve ever been to a foreign country, you realize quickly that your “learn a language” software (or cassette tapes if you’re a poor youth leader) fail to fully capture the intricacies of the language you’re trying to speak and understand. Not only do you..
Discussion Starter: Zero-Tolerance Mom Ends Son’s Melee
30 April 2015
In the News Baltimore—Amid protests that shuttered much of Baltimore this week, an unlikely figure emerged. Angered to see her 16-year-old son Michael throwing objects at police, Toya Graham confronted him while cameras rolled. “Are you for real? Really?” she screamed, while smacking him repeatedly,..
Review: 24/7 by Tim Levert
30 April 2015
There are some WINS in youth ministry that keep us going as youth workers. A few students start bringing their friends to youth group, that’s a win. A disruptive student starts leading in positive ways instead of negative ways, that’s a win. Teens begin leading..
Same-sex Attraction: One Youth Group’s Journey
29 April 2015
The church I serve is a wonderful mix of conservative, evangelical theology and progressive, creative methodology. Because of this, the question of, “What do we believe and how do we minister in light of these beliefs?” can at times create a lively discussion and an..
5 Things Your Senior Pastor Won’t Tell You
28 April 2015
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… A healthy relationship with your senior pastor is a core part of a healthy youth ministry. I understand this isn’t often the case, and you may wonder most days what’s happening in his or her head. It..