Find the Right Volunteers

Find the Right Volunteers

It’s now two months into the ministry year, and I have a good problem. I need more leaders. Students are coming and bringing friends, which is good. The problem is we currently don’t have enough leaders to meaningfully engage with all of them. And, I don’t think I’m...
8 Hacks to Make your Overnighter Great

8 Hacks to Make your Overnighter Great

I’ve never understood why youth workers hate overnighters, they are my absolute favorite thing! …Sparingly, admittedly. My first day at my current church, 5 years ago, was an overnighter. The relationships that I built that first day with students and leaders...
Attendance Isn’t Everything

Attendance Isn’t Everything

Over the last 3 years, I’ve been working at a smaller church in Northeast Kentucky. When I accepted the position at my current congregation, I was 20 years old and a full-time student. I was young (I’m still young) and inherited a small youth ministry that consisted...
Partnering with Parents is Good for Everyone

Partnering with Parents is Good for Everyone

Hands up if you’ve ever found that working with parents in your youth ministry setting can be tedious? I’m with you. I’ve been in and around youth ministry for nearly a decade in different ways, but it’s only now that I have begun to feel like I’ve made some headway...
The LGBTQI Conversation

The LGBTQI Conversation

At a recent UK gathering of Christian Youth Workers the most requested area of advice and training was surrounding the LGBTQI conversation. Yep, I said it friends, conversation. The use of the word ‘issue’ or ‘situation’ in this context, I find, is at best unhelpful...

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