Archive | November, 2012

Unfiltered Magazine: A New Magazine Helping Youth Workers Thrive In What Matters Most

There’s a new online magazine designed to help youth workers thrive with what matters most. Unfiltered is the first-ever magazine designed to help you, the youth worker, thrive in life…outside the church walls. Real stories by real youth workers on topics about… Your heart. In this first edition, contributor to and friend Darren Sutton shares his […]

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Youth Ministry Realities: 2 Quick Ways to Tell if you are Focused on People or Programs.

People are more important than programs… But are they really? You see, if you are like me, there have been too many times when I have allowed programs and details to get in the way of true discipleship and authentic relationships with my students and leaders. And the bottom line is this: No matter how […]

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Leadership: Do You Have A Pyramid In Your Youth Ministry?

Do you have an effective way to invest in other leaders? Are your leaders investing in others too? Having an effective leadership ‘pyramid’ helps to ensure that we are investing in a small group of leaders who in turn, will invest in others. In the last week I have finished up reading a practical book […]

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WINNER of Simply Youth Ministry Conference Announced!

Thank you to everyone for the kind wishes on the birth of my son! It was great to see so many tweets, shares, likes, and comments for this giveaway! I just love this conference and I hope that if you did not win, you can still go!!! Go ahead and contact my good friend Matty McCage at […]

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Why And How Should ‘Family’ Be A Central Component To Your Youth Ministry

Thanksgiving is just around the corner for those of us over here in the USA. Even though I am British, I still love this holiday since it brings families together and gives us all a chance to breathe before the run up to Christmas. With family in mind, today I would like to challenge you […]

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5 Books to Buy for Volunteer Youth Workers This Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner… How are you investing in volunteers this year? If you are in full-time ministry and want some recommendations of good books to buy your volunteers, look no further. Below is a quick list of 5 books I have read.  They are super practical as well as very insightful. Check them […]

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Simply Youth Ministry Conference Registration Giveaway! Tweet, Comment, or Like to Win!

I am excited to announce that last week my wife gave birth to our first son, (we have two girls). Because I am so excited about the new little guy, I have convinced my friends at Simply Youth Ministry to allow me to give away one registration to The Simply Youth Ministry Conference in Indianapolis, […]

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Youth Ministry Resources: FREE Thanksgiving Stuff!!!

The folks over at ym360 are offering some great Thanksgiving resources. They’ve got a Thanksgiving page that features three Thanksgiving lessons and a handful of Thanksgiving games. The best part? It’s all FREE! If you’re interested in downloading one or all of the Thanksgiving resources from ym360, simply head on over to If you have […]

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Thoughts On Why Youth Ministry Must Decentralize: Infographic

Here’s an info graphic that has been showing up and making the rounds on blogs and Facebook. Adam McClane created this very helpful graphic that gives us a picture of our task to reach and invest in students: Here are a few thoughts I have on it: 1) Paid youth workers are more effective when […]

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