5 New Year Resolutions For Youth Workers…

New Year Youth Ministry ResolutionsSo, this is the time of year when many are creating resolutions and reassessing what the next year should like. To be honest, I am not a big fan of resolutions since many of them are made quickly and without an action plan. However, if we can be intentional and specific and plan ahead, it is good to create some goals and standards for the coming year.

Here are 5 areas that I have taken and adapted from growingleaders.com by Tim Elmore. I ordered my areas in priority and  have also given some specifics of what I am doing personally.

1. Personal / Spiritual: For me I am planning on getting up 30 minutes earlier to ensure that my devotional time uninterrupted by my early riser 3 year old.

2. Family: We just had our third child and it’s been challenging balancing family time with a newborn in the house. However, we are committed to getting back to a regular date night for myself and my wife, mommy daughter dates, daddy daughter dates, and family nights. We schedule these about once a month. We would like to do them more, (and sometimes we do), but we are in a busy season. I have found that if I do not schedule my family time, it is likely that every last minute ministry ’emergency’ will take over my schedule. Read more

Thank You!

Thank You!Readers, subscribers, followers, (or whatever you would like me to call you),

Thank you to all who voted for me to win ‘The Best Youth Ministry Blog Post of 2012.’ There were so many other brilliant posts and writers!

Thank you also for putting up with the multiple requests I put forward to ask for your vote. Please know that it’s hard for this British guy to self-promote. However, it has been made easier because I am passionate about investing in youth workers through the blog. Really, at the end of the day, that’s what this contest was about for me…

You See, 4 years ago I began a blog called youthworktalk.com with the purpose to invest in a small group of young youth workers who were finding ministry challenging. 4 years later, myself and 3 youth ministry friends, (Darren, John, and Leneita), write on a regular basis with the premise to invest in youth workers and help them do ministry effectively for the long haul… When my post was nominated and made it through the first couple of rounds, I started to see how our message was able to reach more youth workers, and the message of youthworktalk.com was expanding. That’s when I started asking you guys to vote for the post and see if we could make it to the final four… I just didn’t expect to win!

While it’s always nice to win a contest, it’s always been my heart to see others ‘win’ too. While it’s nice to get accolades, it feels so much better to know that what I write helps, inspires, and equips others to ‘win’ in ministry. At the end of the day, that is what this contest became for me. I know you probably thought you were voting for the British guy, but I think you would agree, there are youth workers in the trenches who need to ‘win’… Thanks for supporting my vision to equip others in youth ministry…

Phil <><

P.S – I promise I will not email, share, or tweet,  to ask you to vote for me again for a long time…

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Merry Christmas! Blogging News For 2013…

Youth Ministry ChristmasTo all our readers, subscribers, followers, friends, or whatever you want to call yourselves…  Merry Christmas! Thanks for following the blog in this past year and thanks for all the comments and interaction!

It’s Been 4 Years Already! 4 Years ago, I (Phil), started this blog as a way to dialogue about youth ministry with a few younger youth workers in my life. 4 years later, the blog has exploded with followers and become a place where youth workers share their heart, their vision, and their practical ideas for healthy and sustainable youth ministry. In the past year, Darren Sutton, John Fix, and Leneita Fix, joined as contributors. It’s been brilliant to hear from great writers with different voices and experiences.

Guest Blogging: We believe that it’s essential that we represent all different kinds of youth workers with different voices. We would love to add more voices to the this blog conversation! If you are interested, take a look at the guest blogging tab, and then contact me via the contact form Read more

Top 10 Youth Ministry Posts For 2012: YouthworkTalk

Youth Ministry Top 10It’s been a great year blogging! Myself (Phil), Darren, Leneita, and John would like to thank you for following this blog, contributing to great discussion, and most all, investing in students. As we near the end of the year we wanted to give you a summary of our top 10 list of posts for 2012. (The top 10 list excludes giveaways and freebies).

Here they are: 

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The Simple Truth Bible For Students: A Brand New Youth Ministry Resource

Simple Truth Bible Devotional For StudentsI’m super excited to announce a brand new resource for youth workers to get in the hands of students. I am super excited for this resource that is designed to get students into God’s Word every day. (Full disclosure: I am one of the writers for this resource).

Here’s more info about it:

Imagine empowering your students to spend just a few minutes each day discovering a life-shaping, thought-provoking, Jesus-centered truth that can transform them into the kind of people God crafted them to be. Sounds like a worthwhile investment, doesn’t it?  Read more

Youth Ministry Priorities For Christmas Break

Youth Ministry ChristmasWow, Christmas is just around the corner. If you are like me, it is such a busy time up until Christmas, I hardly have time to catch my breath. Once Christmas break is here, I usually don’t use my time well. I often arrive at January 1st tired, unfocused, and spluttering into the new year. So, before Christmas gets here, let’s make sure we have some good priorities in place to ensure that our Christmas break is a time to Refuel, Refocus, and Regather our efforts. Read more

How To Talk About Tragedy And Suffering In Your Youth Ministry

Newtown CT TragedyWe can barely understand and comprehend the tragic events of Newtown, CT can we? I have three kids, and my 6 year old was at school today. It’s hard to wrap my head around the tragedy in a school full of innocent children.

How are our students processing this? How do we help them process it? It’s challenging enough for ourselves isn’t it?

Below is an excerpt from a book I authored that tackles Answers to Teenagers 50 Toughest Questions. Below is a good starting place for us all. Friend and youth worker Liz Simmonds wrote this answer that looks at why God seems to allow suffering and tragedy. It does not possibly answer every aspect of what we and our students are thinking, but it is a good start, and perhaps a good message outline for you this week? I hope this helps…

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4 Essential Phases of Small Groups In Youth Ministry

So often I talk to my volunteers about their struggles in leading their small group. At the beginning of the year many of them struggle to either get students to talk, or in some cases struggle to reign in their group. By the end of the year they are challenged with how ‘checked out’ students can become. I have found that there are certain phases that most small group must go through. There are some things we can do to help the group get the most out of their time, and there are some realities that we simply need to accept. Here are 4 phases I tell my volunteers about in our small group leaders training manual: Read more

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