Archive | March, 2013

Starting Fresh: 4 Keys Starting Right In A New Youth Ministry

I recently started a new full-time youth ministry gig about 6 months ago. For a while I was the shiny new toy at our church, and that was fine! But in reality, it can be difficult to start fresh at a new place, with all of the cultural learnings, expectations from leaders/students/parents, as well as […]


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A Roadblock to Evangelism in Youth Ministry: You? Me?

In my years in full-time youth ministry I have seen a number of  youth ministries who have developed a culture of evangelism… The distinguishing factor? The ones leading the ministry live and breathe evangelism in their lives outside youth ministry. (Or you could say they live and breathe evangelism in every area of their lives). […]


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Evangelism: Is Your Youth Ministry Marginally Missional?

It’s possible you have seen the video above? Whether or not you have seen it before, I would encourage you watch it and then use it as a lens to look through as you survey your youth ministry. For me, my huge takeaway is this: I often put an huge amount of my time into […]


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FREE Q and A Webinar from ParentMinistry.net with Dr. Jim Burns!

Don’t miss this!!! Share this with your parents!!!! Our friends from ParentMinistry.net are doing another FREE Webinar! Dr. Jim Burns leads a free Q and A webinar on Tuesday, March 19 at 2 pm (central) It’s a chance for you to ask your questions about parenting teens… register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8154249060093242368


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Please Pray for Veteran Youth Worker and Friend, Byron Porisch

Twelve years ago a veteran youth worker took a chance on a young inexperienced British guy and asked him to come and work and study youth ministry in Ann Arbor, MI. My life has forever changed because someone saw potential in me. Today, I would like to ask you to pray for the guy who […]


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FREE Easter Lessons And Devotions For Your Students!

  My good friends at youthministry360 have just launched another round of free resources, just in time for Easter! They’re giving away three different Easter Bible study lessons, PLUS a set of 10-day Easter devotions for your students. It’s solid stuff that will help your teenagers prepare their hearts and minds for Easter. Easter is […]


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3 Reasons Why I Loved SYMC 2013

If you followed me over the weekend you could not escape the fact that I was at The Simply Youth Ministry Conference! If you have been reading this blog for a while, you know I am huge fan of the conference and also part of the IT3 Team, (The ‘In the Trenches’ Team who helped […]


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HOTEL HOTEL 2 [OFFICIAL] Hilarious Video from SYMC 2013

Thanks for Josh Griffin over at morethandodgeball.com – Saw this last night at SYMC. Brilliant and hilarious. All shot at the J.W Marriott where we are staying… It’s a nice hotel!  


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Be Sick Be Loved: John Acuff – SYMC 2013

This was a great session with the Jordan Howerton Band and Jon Acuff! Here are some of my notes from Acuff’s message: How do we be stronger and truly allow God to make us stronger… We find a new orientation to who we are first.  1. Start before we are ready. Fear will often stop us […]


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REPOST: How to Answers Teenagers Toughest Questions – SYMC 2013

Today at the Simply Youth Ministry Conference I am leading a peer panel on how to answer teenagers toughest questions. Here are some guidelines and ideas I am providing for people in the peer panel. They might also be useful to you too? When answering teenagers questions here few things to consider:  YOU DON’T NEED […]


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