Category Archives: Youth Ministry Management

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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Motivating Young People to Get Involved

WHY do young people get involved? HOW do you get them involved? What should we NOT do, when trying to get young people involved? In this short and highly informative YouTube video from last year’s The Summit conference (from Youth … Continue reading

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Students We Call “Orphans”

I always enjoy hearing from youth workers who used the free “Connect” training we provide on the FREE TRAINING TOOLS page on our website. Also referred to as “The Sticky-notes Training,” this little exercise is a fun training where you … Continue reading

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Replacing Monologue with Dialogue

What is the biggest impact an adult can make in the life of a young person? I don’t even have to blink. The answer is, constant dialogue. The key word there is dialogue, not monologue. Adults are pretty good at … Continue reading

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Do What You Say You’re Gonna Do

Wow. I’m a little disappointed in humanity right now. Scratch that… let me be more specific. I’m a little frustrated with my fellow Christians right now. A little while ago my friend Doug Fields and I Tweeted to our followers … Continue reading

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“I Hate Recruiting” Contest

It’s time for me to give away a few copies of my new book about recruiting & keeping volunteers! (WINNERS POSTED AT BOTTOM OF POST) If you’re involved in church leadership, then you know the power of volunteers. You also … Continue reading

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