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The Youth Ministry Island – Part 4

The Youth Ministry Island – Part 4

As a young youth worker, I looked up to the “big guys.” These were the guys who were leading seminars and writing books. They were seen after as leaders, pioneers and trailblazers. We called them “experts” and learned from their wisdom and experience. I would listen...
Be Approachable and Welcoming

Be Approachable and Welcoming

When in full-time ministry, there is a certain expectation of availability. If you are the youth pastor, I believe that you should avail yourself to those you serve. Not without limits, mind you, but when appropriate, I believe that we as youth pastors should work to...
Letting Others Lead Part Three

Letting Others Lead Part Three

As we wrap up our discussion on Letting Others Lead, one more thought comes to mind. In our work of helping others discover the leadership in them, we have to be ready to learn from the process. As my ministries have grown, so have the needs for additional leaders....
Letting Others Lead Part 1

Letting Others Lead Part 1

A couple of years ago, our church sent a group of adults and students on a week-long mission trip. It was the first time that a trip took place under my leadership that I didn’t lead. Over the years I have become very comfortable in the leader position. I have...
An Immoral Youth Ministry Decision

An Immoral Youth Ministry Decision

I may be on the fringe here (and like all things, I reserve the right to be wrong and have my mind changed) but I think one of the most immoral decisions we can make in youth ministry is to prioritize OURSELVES – the staff, the leaders, the adults – over...

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