Managing Expectations

Do you know what is expected of you as a youth pastor or youth leader? And do your youth leaders know what is expected of them and what they can expect from you?Communicating expectations and thereby managing t...

Do You Have a Gender Bias?

Whether we realize it or not, most of us have a gender bias about very practical issues which we think are limited to one gender. Let’s look at four examples from youth ministry. Accountability Many times, a...

5 Ways to Get Out of a Youth Ministry Rut

Youth ministry may be more of a calling than a job, but that doesn’t mean it can’t get somewhat monotonous. When you keep doing your thing, year after year, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut. You throw a k...

Two Ways to Make Better Decisions

Hindsight is always full of wisdom. Looking back, we all have decisions we regret, choices that didn't work out so well. And let’s face it: in youth ministry, we are bombarded with choices, constantly have ...

Navigating Sports Schedules

For many youth ministries, every fall offers the same challenge: clashing schedules of the sports students play and the youth ministry calendar.

Hacking Teen Behavior

    Teens are from another planet. That would certainly explain why perfectly normal kids suddenly turn into sullen, moody teens when they hit a certain age. Or why parents wonder in amazement w...

The Illusion of Constructive Criticism

Constructive criticism. How's that for a contradiction? It sounds like a good concept of course, a more or less neutral way of delivering negative feedback. In reality, constructive criticism is often only the...

10 Ways to Be an Encourager

Encouragement is one of the greatest blessings you can give to others in your youth ministry (or outside of it for that matter). In English, it’s related to the word ‘courage’ but in Greek it has a far ri...

How to Make Big Changes in Your Youth Ministry

The amount of things you want to change, that need to change in your youth ministry can be overwhelming. After every book you read, after every training you receive or conference you attend, you come home fille...