Healthy You – Healthy Youth Ministry! Part 3 – How To Create And Sustain Healthy Habits

In our previous post, Scott Tinman shared how he has moved from being a youth ministry couch potato to someone who is running EVERY day for close to 10 months. Today Scott wraps up our series as he shares practical advice on how you and I can create workout habits that are sustainable. There’s some great advice in this post! Read on!

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Healthy You – Healthy Youth Ministry! Part 2 – An Interview with Scott Tinman

Whether we like it or not, our productivity, and ultimately our mental and spiritual health are so closely tied to our physical health. If we can improve our health, we can expect our ministries to improve too. Today we talk to youth ministry veteran Scott Tinman about his radical life change.

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Healthy You – Healthy Youth Ministry! Part 1 – You Look Hungry [Video Post]

This week before we head off to SYMC in Indy, we jump into a three part series on the importance of physical health and the impact on our youth ministry. When we are healthy physically, it helps us mentally,  spiritually, and emotionally. Our energy levels increase, our bodies feel better for it, and we feel like we are making good steps forward.

Whether we like this idea or not, it is reality for all of us: Our physical health will impact our ministry health.

Recently Unfiltered Magazine ran an article on my friend and fellow YouthworkTalk contributor Darren Sutton. In an incredibly authentic and vulnerable interview, Darren reveals challenges with weight gain and the challenge to get healthy.

 

Can you relate to Darren? What steps are you taking to ensure your health is a priority? What tips can you share to others who are looking to make their health a priority? 

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Looking Ahead To SYMC 2013 – How To Make The Most Of The Conference.

I am super excited that I get to attend The Simply Youth Ministry Conference in Indianapolis this coming weekend. It comes at a good time for me, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to be refreshed, grow, and reconnect with many youth ministry friends. If you are coming to the conference, we would love to connect with you. Leneita, Darren, and myself will be there. Just check out the contributors page to see what our mugs look like.  In the meantime, here are 4 simple but essential ways you can make the most of the conference. SYMC 2013 Read more

Faith Ownership In Students: Part 2 – Putting Faith Into Practice

“Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:9

I’m a parent of young kids…  I have three kids under 6 and it can be a wild ride at times! Some of the most challenging times for our family are meal times believe it or not. If you have young kids, you so get this. Trying to teach my kids how to eat and how to get more food in their mouth than on the floor is rather challenging at times…

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However, as a parent, I know that what is messy today, will help my kids grow healthy for tomorrow. For now my job is to tell my kids how to eat, show them how to eat, and let them ‘practice’ with their food. But can you imagine if I only decided to tell my kids and show my kids how to eat, but never give them a chance to practice?

So often we teach students, we show them, but we don’t always spend a great deal of time helping actually ‘practice’ their faith… What should this look like?

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Faith Ownership In Students: Part 1 – Active or Passive Learning?

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling… Philippians 2:12 (NIV).

As youth workers (and parents), I believe our drive, our vision, and our implementation of ministry programs should be centered on this important goal:

Students should live like disciples even more so when they are outside our ministry environments.

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For our part, are we helping students own their faith or depend on us and our weekly programs? If we are honest, this is a scary question to ask isn’t it? But, as we ponder this question, I want to ask three additional questions in the next few posts. Here’s the first one: Read more

Inside The Teenage Brain Webinar With Mark Oestreicher

Our friends at ParentMinistry.net are putting together another brilliant webinar! Let Mark Oestreicher take you “Inside the Teenage Brain” on February 26 at 2pm (central) FREE WEBINAR- (register here)

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Finding Support in Youth Ministry: 8 Types of Support People You Really Need

As we wrap up our support series for this week, I wanted to take time to list 8 essential types of people who support me in my ministry.

Finding and keeping support is imperative and will help us hang in for the long haul. Without encouragement, accountability, goals, and development, we are ‘dead’ in the water. God calls us to be in community and to be His body which supports each other.

You cannot live in isolation and effectively conduct youth ministry. You need a ‘web’ of support.

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Below is a list of the people and reasons why they are on my ‘team’ – Together they act as my ‘web’ of support to help me have a fruitful and effective ministry. Read more

GUEST POST: How To Lead Others With More Experience Than You

One of the most common issues young/new youth workers seem to struggle with is how they are supposed to lead someone who is older or more experienced than them. It’s a good question.

I had my first youth ministry job at 18 years old fresh out of high school as the Jr. High Director at my church. Many of the volunteers who served on my team had been my youth leaders only months earlier and now I was suddenly in a position of authority over them. They had more youth ministry experience than I had, and all of them were older – some by quite a few years. How could I possibly be their leader?

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Balancing Family and Youth Ministry: Part 3 – Boundaries

Are you close to burn out? Do you know someone who is getting burned out? Is ministry a drain on you these days?

One of the biggest reasons youth workers experience burn out is because they never established boundaries to stay healthy. Given the changeable nature of ministry and unpredictable hours, it’s imperative that we learn to create healthy boundaries which can be communicated graciously to those around us. Here are a few I live by:

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