In the 1920’s, after the Great War and the Spanish Flu Pandemic, Gertrude Stein, the mentor and patron of Ernest Hemingway, referred to youth as “the lost generation.“[i] A century later as youth are faced with a new pandemic, the world is at risk of another lost generation; one where the global youth sub-culture is defined by despair, discord, and disillusionment caused by the seismic cultural shock of COVID-19 and the resulting social tremors to come. In this social pandemic, societies must view youth workers – from mental health providers to youth pastors to community center directors – as essential workers (not that I’m suggesting they should ignore distancing or ‘shelter in place’ orders, but that their jobs are more important than ever). Before we can comprehend the magnitude of this statement, a few words about culture are in order.Continue reading In a Pandemic, Youth Workers are “Essential Workers”
In the uncertain times ahead, I believe global youth ministry is being presented with at least five pivotal opportunities to shift how we minister to and through youth. At every level – from local church ministers to denominational and social movement influencers – God is stirring significant shifts in the world of youth ministry as ministers adapt to the crisis brought on by the Coronavirus. As Colin Piper, Youth Commissioner of the World Evangelical Association, recently shared, “It’s a surreal season where on the one hand everything has come to a stop and on the other, things are developing at breakneck speed.” In my work with youth ministers around the globe, I’ve noticed five pivots amidst this pandemic.Continue reading Pivoting in a Pandemic: Five Shifts in Global Youth Ministry
Let’s start with the good news. Our survey shows that Youth Pastor compensation grew at a rate of 2.8% nationally. This is actually ahead of the governments 1.6% cost of living adjustment rate. So compensation for our tribe continues to grow and is on the right path.Continue reading 2020 Youth Pastor Compensation Report
This morning we got some great news that we’re happy to pass along to you.Continue reading Our Books Are Now Available at Amazon.ca
As we’re gearing up for our 2nd Multi-Site Youth Ministry Campference coming in January 2020 we reached out to a few people and asked them why they are bringing their teams. Here’s what they had to say:
Multisite student ministry is such a different animal than other forms of student ministry and it’s really hard to find other people who get your world at other conferences. In addition, multisite churches are often on the frontier trying to figure out what this next generation of ministry looks like. Our team needs spaces to share ideas and problem solve with other churches who share our struggles. That’s why we’re bringing our whole team to the Multisite Youth Ministry Campference. There is nowhere else where we can get this kind of intentional collaborative learning.Kevin Libick, Christ Chapel Bible Church, Fort Worth TX
I am bringing my team to the Multisite Youth Ministry Campference because we don’t need more playbooks and meetings. We need time away from the busyness of ministry to learn, process, share, laugh and to grow together as a team. This is the event we’ve been waiting for!Joe Graham, Multi-Site Director, Harbor Churches, Grand Rapids MI
Gina Abbas, Student Ministry Team Leader, Harbor Churches, Grand Rapids MI
It is the only training conference (with the fun of camp!) that gathers the best leaders of the multisite movement and provides space to dream together about the opportunities and unique challenges of student ministry in the multisite church context. This gathering directly shapes and informs how we are cultivating student ministry at all of our campuses.
I’m one year into the multisite youth ministry world and yes, it’s more complex and exciting than I could have imagined. I’m on a steep learning curve and want to keep growing! The pace and pressure of serving pastors, students and leaders across campuses leaves very little time for our team to get outside of our church bubble. Do we need more tips and tricks from “experts”? Yes. But even more, we need deep and meaningful conversations with others who are facing the unique challenges multisite student ministry. The Multisite Youth Ministry Campference will bring the collaborative growing experience my team needs.David Grant, 12Stone Church, Lawrenceville, GA
Oh, and also important – our team needs time to simply breath and have some fun. There’s no doubt that will happen! Can’t wait to see you there.
Work in a Multi-Site context? We hope to see you at the Campference this January! Learn more here.
Help us help you!
We are once again partnering with fellow youth worker Dan Navarra on his Youth Worker Compensation Survey.
Over the past three years this survey, and the reports that come out of it, have helped countless youth workers like yourself get compensated more fairly. Want to get a raise? You need data. Want to make sure you’re hired at the right rate of pay? You need data.
That’s why we need you to participate! The more youth workers who take the survey the more accurate it’ll be. Help us advocate for you.
The survey takes a few minutes but is well worth it. We’ll even send you the completed report when it’s ready in December.
Who Should Take the Survey?
If you are a part-time or full-time youth worker with youth ministry as part of your paid work duties. As much as we love interns and other support staff roles, this survey is for the paid youth worker.
Maybe you noticed? Maybe you didn’t. But a lot of our books are now available in paperback at Amazon.com as well Amazon in the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and Japan. With that in mind I wanted to answer some questions about buying our books on Amazon.Continue reading Books from The Youth Cartel are Back on Amazon
We are currently wrapping up our second group of the Onramp Cohort of the Youth Ministry Coaching Program. It’s been so great and encouraging. We’re looking forward to launching the next one later this Spring.
What is the Onramp Cohort? It’s an online training approach focused on skills and priorities needed by people in their first few years of youth ministry.
In my experience there are two big factors that drive people out of professional youth ministry.
- Burnout – We are a tribe that works too hard, for too many hours, for too long, and forgets to take care of ourselves. One of the things my co-laborer at The Youth Cartel, Mark Oestreicher, says is, “A healthy youth ministry starts with a healthy youth worker.” I’ve seen this play out time and again throughout my career. Sadly, many of us drop out of youth ministry– and ministry altogether– because of the impact of burnout.
- Compensation – When I started out in youth ministry I think I was just amazed that I got paid for doing what I loved and was called by God to do. But then my wife and I had kids, bought a house, started thinking about the future, started dealing with the expenses of raising a family… adult life got expensive! Over the years I’ve watched an enormous amount of my friends leave youth ministry for other types of ministry or other careers altogether over compensation issues.
These two items are inter-related. In our Youth Ministry Coaching Program cohorts we work hard on the first item, helping youth workers develop life rhythms that promote longevity in ministry. And we’re thankful to partner with Dan Navarra to bring issues around compensation to the forefront.
I am in search of 4-5 more groups who’d like to do a mission trip with me in 2019.
With all that’s transpired at the border we’ve lost a few groups even though our work isn’t at the border. Sigh. We’d love to replace those groups with new ones and I need your help to do that.