5 Regrets I Have From My Years in Youth Ministry

As you know, my position has changed and evolved quite a bit over the last 2 months. I accepted a family pastor position after serving as a student pastor for 7 years. This was a very difficult decision. It was tough for my wife and I, but we are confident that this was the plan that God had for us. Now that I am technically somewhat out of the traditional “youth pastor” position, I look back over the last 7 years, and wish that I could do things a bit differently. Experience helps you so much. The longer you serve, … Continue reading 5 Regrets I Have From My Years in Youth Ministry

5 Myths about Youth Pastors

I have been a full-time youth pastor for 7 years. I have also been a youth intern for 3 years before that. One thing that I have noticed is that youth pastors get a lot of the jokes. Some of them are pretty hilarious, but the majority of them are false. Here are the 5 greatest myths about youth pastors: Youth Pastors are on vacation when at camp and mission trips– I cannot tell you how many times I have actually taken a real vacation, and heard jokes, “weren’t you just on vacation at camp with the kids?” Look anytime … Continue reading 5 Myths about Youth Pastors

Leaving a Ministry You Love

If you have not read the blog recently, you may not be aware that I recently took a new position in Jacksonville, FL. You can read all about it by going here. As I made the decision, I went back and forth, because I would be leaving a place and people who I love! Now, if you are leaving a ministry or getting ready to leave a ministry under bad terms, still read this article, but know that this does not pertain to you. This is pertaining to those who are leaving a ministry when things are going well. For … Continue reading Leaving a Ministry You Love

Terrace Crawford Coaching Network Opportunity

Attn: Youth Pastors, I highly encourage you to check out what my friend Terrace Crawford is doing. He wants to coach 10 youth pastors. Here is some information from his blog regarding this opportunity- “I’m looking to come alongside of 10 (yes, only 10!) rookie youth pastors (who have been in the field for 5 years or less) over the next 5 months.  Numerous youth pastors have been through my network (from all over the United States) and have found this network to be not only affordable, but effective, in helping them be successful in their own Student Ministries. If … Continue reading Terrace Crawford Coaching Network Opportunity

Balancing Family and Ministry

Your family always should come before your youth ministry! Yes, we believe this, and we hear it taught all of the time, but are we living this out? That is another question in and of itself. I thought that I was living it out, and doing a good job at it, but over the past couple of years, I have tried to improve this idea of balancing my family and my ministry. I think it is important to recognize up front that if we are not careful, ministry will overtake your life. It will dominate your time, money, and life. … Continue reading Balancing Family and Ministry

Signs of an Effective Small Group

Can you believe March is already here? It is insane how fast 2014 is flying by. In our student ministry, we begin small groups for the year in August when the school year starts for our students. We then conclude them in May, and do not have small groups over the summer. Throughout the year, we have evaluated small groups and their effectiveness. I want to share a few thoughts with you regarding how to determine an effective small group.  Consistent Students– If your students constantly miss for no real good reason, there is a problem. In the most effective … Continue reading Signs of an Effective Small Group

How to Handle Criticism in Youth Ministry

If you have been in youth ministry for any length of time, you have had to deal with criticism. In fact, if you have been in any kind of ministry for any length of time, you have dealt with criticism. I wish that I did not have to write this, but criticism comes with the territory. If not dealt with properly, you will stress out and burn out rather quickly in the ministry. How do you handle that adult who comes to you and criticizes what you are trying to do in the ministry? How you respond and how you … Continue reading How to Handle Criticism in Youth Ministry