Why Volunteer Youth Workers Need Greater Investment From The Local Church

In my opinion, volunteer youth workers are worth their weight in gold! However, so often the church places too much emphasis on the paid staff and not nearly enough in investing in it’s volunteer youth workers.

Volunteer Youth Worker Training

Here are four reasons why I think the local church needs to invest greater time and resources in volunteer youth workers, today and in the future: 

1) Paid Youth Workers Are Decreasing in Numbers: Recently I had a conversation with a youth ministry guru who advises and consults churches. During our time together he made a good argument for how church finances will impact the ability to hire youth workers in the future. You see, Millennials are giving more to causes and less to churches. Churches across the country are already seeing their incomes decline. If this trend continues, we should expect paid positions in youth ministry to be lost and greater emphasis placed on volunteers.

In the next 10 years I expect the landscape of youth ministry to be filled with volunteers who are being trained by the church to do ministry… Read more

Summer Youth Ministry Resource Giveaway! Comment, Tweet, or ‘Like’ to Win!

Our friends at Simply Youth Ministry have given us a bunch of incredible new youth ministry resources to give away over the summer. Today we begin the summer resource giveaway. Keep checking back in the coming weeks for additional SWEET resources!


You can be entered up to three times to win:

  1. Comment on this post gets you one entry. 
  2. Tweeting the following message gets you two entries: ” I’ve just entered to win FREE youth ministry resources from @youthworktalk –http://wp.me/ppcai-1iJ #stumin “
  3. ‘Like’ us on our Facebook Page and comment on our page gets you a third entry!

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Here’s What You Can Win This Week… (More giveaways to come in the coming weeks)

Again, you can enter to win THREE times by commenting, tweeting, or liking us. It doesn’t matter what you comment, but we love to read funny comments!

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**** DEADLINE is July 1st ****

40 Hours – 40% Off – 40 Free Backgrounds… 40 40 40

Here’s a great deal for you all! Check out the sale going on at Simply Youth Ministry right now. PLUS, get free backgrounds too!

Check-in tomorrow as we GIVE AWAY a bunch of FREE resources. You only need to comment, tweet, or share to enter to win!


Six Reflections From My Trip Back To England

Yesterday, I returned from a twelve day trip back to England to visit my family and friends. We took the whole family to see my mom who is failing in health with stage 5 Alzheimer’s. (Maybe I will blog about this trip another time…)

To be honest, I did not think too much about ministry while I was gone since it was a busy trip. However, I always find that being away gives me a good time to reflect on the areas on my life I would like to give greater emphasis and commitment to.



Here are six areas of my life I reflected on while I was away. I believe they will continue to help me build a healthy foundation as a pastor: Read more

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