Book Review: Inside the Mind of Youth Pastors

Inside the Mind of Youth Pastors, Mark Riddle. A great book that every senior pastor needs to get from their youth pastor! But, also a book that every youth pastor needs to read to better understand the dynamics of their churches and their senior pastors. I would also say that this book is an essential […]


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What really matters

Today  I read a great article from the PDYM Community blog titled ‘What really matters’. Take a look at it and be inspired: ‘What Really Matters’


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Building a Good Foundation

My church began just over 5 years ago with 30 people in a backyard of my pastors house. Since then we have met at 4 different locations (one house and 3 schools), as we have seen good growth occur. The student ministry program too has met in 3 different locations (houses and rented facilities), and […]


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How to have Great Leaders

Whether you are full-time and paid, or whether you a volunteer overseeing youth ministry, we all need good leaders to partner with us. We all need adult and students leaders to make ministry happen and to see that lives are impacted for the kingdom. If we think we can be the lone ranger, we are […]


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It’s ok to kick back sometimes.

January 4th = The night before school gets back in the swing of things… Or a night when families are not back in the swing of things…  Every year for the last few years I notice that attendance is down this weekend of the year for our high school program ‘EDGE’. On weeks like this […]


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Charlie bit my Finger!

A while back a student from our youth program emailed me this video saying, “hey phil, is this you as a kid”? I love this video and think it is hilarious. It’s a great video to use for a message on conflict at home… it begins young. Hope you liked it! Phil <><


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Marriage and Ministry – ABC Dates

Being in ministry does not always create an easy environment to keep romance alive and communication healthy. I speak to so many youth workers and their spouses who share some of the same struggles as Lisa and I: How to make time for each other and how to truly invest in our marriage in a […]


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Biometric Fingerprinting for your kids

I can’t believe it. I am amazed. Check out this blog:  insidenspire.com. Now youth assistant  can take your kids fingerprints and from then on they can check in at your youth program by placing their finger on a scanner… How amazing is that?  I don’t think I will be using it for a while, but it sure […]


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Ministry can be like chasing cheese!

Do you ever feel like ministry is like trying to chase cheese down a hill? It’s like you always have something more to do, always another student to meet with, another leader to train, another message to write… Or the church toilet to clean (after the middle school lock-in), the website to update, a boring […]


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I’d be dead without Volunteers.

This morning I am meeting Sara and Nancy for coffee, and later I am meeting Jeremy for lunch. All three of them are great volunteers in our youth program, but they have also become great friends in the last couple of years. In ministry, these are the kind of people I would be dead without! […]


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