Category Archives: Youth Ministry Management

What youth ministry should look like

I walked into the small church Fellowship Hall in Richmond, VA and it was busting at the seams. 300-plus teenagers and about 70 leaders—better than a 1-to-5 ratio of adult to teen. Don’t be intimidated by the numbers… be challenged … Continue reading

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MORE No Prep Games

Earlier this week I shared a fun “no-prep” game, the kind that you can do on the fly to fill a void or liven up a party or event. The nice thing about no-prep games is that you don’t  have … Continue reading

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What are your top three?

WINNERS POSTED- see below. A few weeks ago I was sitting with a group of youth workers and one of them asked me, “What are the top three youth ministry books you’d recommend we read, if we could only buy … Continue reading

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The Power of Coming Together

Last weekend I was in a small town outside of Minneapolis where I witnessed something I rarely see in the world of youth ministry. I saw a network of 8 youth workers from different ministries come together to share ideas … Continue reading

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Want a sneak peak?

I just finished a brand new youth ministry book about mobilizing and equipping volunteers for ministry. I turn it in to the publisher in 7 days and would love to get some feedback to make some last minute tweaks before … Continue reading

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Keeping Teens Safe Contest

WINNERS NOW POSTED! SEE BELOW. It’s time for my first contest of 2014. I’ve got some great giveaways for youth workers this week: your choice of any one of my books, OR… a free registration to the Youth Specialties’ Team … Continue reading

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Super Bowl Quiz

It’s almost Super Bowl time… and that means two resources you’ll be seeing from us this week: Our annual BIG GAME Quiz, and a special Youth Culture Window article (posting mid-week) about what to expect from the halftime show. For … Continue reading

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The Kids Outside the Gates

Here’s a puzzle to solve. No, it’s not a riddle or a mind bender. It’s a true ministry dilemma sure to spark discussion among people with a passion for ministry  (Which is the exact type of ‘case study’ I liked … Continue reading

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Missing the Ball

The night I arrived back to the US after two weeks from Uganda, I had a dream. I was playing soccer (football, if we’re in Uganda) and was the left wing—that’s the forward on the left side. My friend Marko … Continue reading

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3 Best Practices Developing Young Leaders

I just heard my friend Doug Fields share three “best practices” developing young leaders helpful not only in the context of youth ministry, but also in the context of parenting. Doug is a big believer in developing young leaders. In … Continue reading

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