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2023 Youth Worker Well-Being Survey

Around this time last year, we read a Barna Research piece that indicated that 38% of Pastors have thought about quitting full-time ministry in the past year. So, we thought we would do a similar survey with Youth Leaders and ask the same set of well-being questions. Specifically, we are asking youth leaders that are employed, or previously employed. We were hoping that would be willing to participate in our survey, too. It will only take you 3 minutes!

Take the survey.

If you’d like to receive a copy of the 2023 report when it’s ready, you can request that HERE.

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THINK Bundle Sale

Today’s teenagers won’t accept merely being told information or the party line. They want to wrestle and explore—they want to be contributors and help develop their own set of beliefs. So rather than leave this process of exploration until their young adult years, a time when many of them will have left the Church, what if we purposefully came alongside our teens and helped them explore and own their beliefs while they’re still teenagers? That’s what THINK is all about.

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12-Month Student Discipleship Journal

All youth workers want to help teenagers grow in their faith, expanding their participation in the kingdom of God beyond Sundays or Wednesdays until it becomes an integral part of their everyday lives. The 12-Month Student Discipleship Journal is designed with that in mind, intended to help youth build habits of Bible reading, reflection, and prayer.

Students can use this journal individually, or each member of a youth group or small group could have a copy and meet for discussion of what they are learning and wondering. The book is set up so students can begin any time during the year.

As they spend a short but focused time each day with this journal, students will grow in their faith with Bible readings, practical teaching, and interactive prompts that will help them engage with their questions, learn more about God and his Word, and discover more of what it means to be a follower of Christ.

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  • 12-Month Student Discipleship Journal
    12-Month Student Discipleship Journal
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Caring for Missions Partner Churches Year ‘Round

Marko here. I’d been hearing things from our short-term missions partner, Praying Pelican Missions, about their new PPM365 initiative; but I had questions. Then, I had the amazing opportunity recently to travel with some PPM staff to visit some tiny churches in Alaskan villages only accessible by plane or boat. Some of those pastors and church leaders I now consider friends (and my brothers and sisters). Seeing some of their very unique challenges brought this new initiative into focus for me.

The way PPM describes it is a good starting point. They say “your group, or church, partners with a local church on your missions trip for one week of the year; but what about the other 51 weeks of the year? That’s what PPM365 addresses.”

PPM365 offers support and encouragement to PPM’s partner churches all year long, mostly by making a handful of “promises” to those church leaders: Consistent Care, Aid in Emergencies and Medical, Relational Network & Training, and Empowerment to go. The first three of those are mostly focused on the physical, relational and spiritual needs of partner pastors. The last of those (Empowerment to go) provides the opportunity for those PPM Partner Churches to go on mission themselves, often to locations, and with approaches, that US missions teams could not do.

In some contexts this will mean helping with low-cost medical insurance. In some contexts, theological and leadership training will be provided. In some contexts, otherwise-impossible ‘breaks’ from ministry (PPM is using the word ‘respite’ for this) will be funded. Each country where PPM365 is active will have a unique approach, primarily informed by the stated needs of these wonderful partner pastors.

It’s all about supporting the local church in meaningful, responsible, non-colonial ways. PPM has beta-tested this program with partner pastors from Kenya, Haiti, and a few other countries, with plans to expand to additional countries in the months and years to come.

An example from my time in Alaska: we met with Pastor Don in the tiny native village of Koyuk. Koyuk is only accessible by plane or boat, and about 340 people live there. There’s one church, one store, and a school. Pastor Don is amazing, and clearly knows and loves this community and its people. He lives a subsistence life, mostly relying on hunting and fishing for food. He’s the single father of three teenage children (his wife passed away from Cancer a few years ago). Don’s denomination certainly provides some level of care and connection; but he has other needs–relational, physical, family–that are rarely met. PPM365 would come alongside Pastor Don and help with some of those needs.

AND, the idea is that you, or your church, could partner with a church (and its leader) year ’round. After my wife and I chatted about it, we decided to become “Sustain Level Partners” ($200/mo; there’s also a “Multiply Level Partner at $35/mo, which needs 5 sponsors for each local church leader). I identified a few PPM partner pastors who’d had a big impact in me, really hoping we could be the sponsor for Pastor Rosaura in Belize (see my old post here to see more about her). Belize is coming online as a PPM365 in January; so we’re supporting an amazing Haitian pastor between now and then, knowing that PPM will find another sponsor for him when we’re able to support Pastor Rosaura in a few months.

How cool would it be for your church, in preparation for a future mission trip, or following a trip where you connected with a local host church, to sponsor that pastor and be in active partnership with them all year? Consider this for yourself, your youth ministry, or your church. Super stoked about this. Again, get more info here.

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NEW: Deeper Questions Curriculum Volume 2: The Trinity

Teenagers’ curiosity, enthusiasm, and engagement are some of the things we love most about them! They are full of deep questions about God, the world, and their role in it. Longtime youth worker Jen Bradbury has written this curriculum to help you guide your group through fun, meaningful, and thought-provoking discussion of teens’ most-asked questions about the three persons of the Trinity:

Lesson 1: Is God a man?
Lesson 2: Can God change God’s mind?
Lesson 3: Is God colorblind?
Lesson 4: Is Jesus really good news?
Lesson 5: Who is what is the Holy Spirit?

Every week’s lesson includes key Scripture passages, interactive activities, a detailed outline to lead you through the main discussion, small group questions, a prayer experience, and a guide for how teenagers can continue these conversations later with a parent or other trusted adult.

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    Deeper Questions Curriculum Volume 2: The Trinity
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Author Bio:

Jen Bradbury serves as the TenX10 Content Director for Fuller Youth Institute. Jen holds an MA in Youth Ministry Leadership from Huntington University. Prior to working at FYI, she served as a youth worker in the local church for 19 years. Jen is the author of several books including The Jesus Gap: What Teens Actually Believe about Jesus, The Real Jesus, and Called: A Novel About Youth Ministry Transitions. Jen lives with her husband, daughters, and cat in the Chicago suburbs.

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Free E-book: Stabilizing the ship

Our values determine our destination. Despite our best efforts as youth workers, cultural values, like strong undercurrents, can unwittingly set our student ministries, and the youth we’re called to disciple, on a course for destruction. This introductory resource will help you become aware of some of the most significant cultural values influencing your ministry and challenge you to make necessary shifts in how we minister to this emerging generation. In doing so, you’ll help stabilize the ship of youth ministry, and chart a course to better help adolescents navigate tumultuous cultural seas as they journey toward the fullness of Christ.

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The 2023 Youth Pastor Compensation Survey is here

Welcome to the 6th annual installment of this survey and thanks for taking the time to participate. Ever year we hear how helpful it is to pastors everywhere…both Youth Pastors, and those who manage them! You can click the link below to take the survey. The survey will close on November 30, 2022.

This survey is designed for United States residents only, but you’re welcome to participate if you’re somewhere else. A detailed analysis of the survey findings will be published in January 2023 and we’ll send you a download link to it at the email address you provide. Oh, and the report is totally FREE, as always.

The survey is brought to you by Chemistry Staffing, produced and published by Dan Navarra, with general editing provided by Mark Oestreicher of The Youth Cartel.

If you’d like the survey results to be sent to you, please click the “I’d like the report” link below and we’ll send you a copy once it’s available.

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The Anxious Teen – Now Shipping

The Anxious Teen: Ministry with Stressed and Fearful Students, from Brock Morgan and Hallie Scott, is now shipping.

About the book:

Now more than ever, teens are struggling with stress, anxiety, and fear. Between social media, the 24/7 flood of news from around the world, global pandemics, mental health crises, the pressure of getting good grades or attending a specific college, financial stress at home, and existential threats like climate change, it’s no wonder.

Teenagers today are different from teenagers even 10 or 20 years ago. The issues they are facing are complex and wide-ranging. How can youth workers understand them better? What are the best ways to meet anxious teens where they are and help them feel seen, loved, and known—both by our youth ministries and by the God who cares for them so deeply?

Brock Morgan uses his conversational style and trademark humor to approach this topic from the starting point of his own experiences with anxiety and his decades in youth ministry. In these pages he provides context to help us understand today’s anxiety-ridden reality, and teaches skills and practices we can develop in ourselves and our youth to move forward in a lasting, healthy faith.

Brock Morgan
With over 30 years of experience in youth ministry, Brock Morgan is a sought-after communicator known for his amazing storytelling and insight into the next generation. He is the associate pastor over youth ministries at The Bridge in Chino, California, and is the author of many highly regarded books, including Youth Ministry 2027. He and his wife, Kelsey, their daughter, Dancin, and their puppy, C.S. Lewis, live in Southern California. You can find out more about him at brockmorgan.com.

Hallie Scott (MA, Azusa Pacific University) is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice in Brea, California, and an adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University. She is the author of Hope Beyond an Empty Cradle.

  • The Anxious Teen: Ministry with Stressed and Fearful Students
    The Anxious Teen: Ministry with Stressed and Fearful Students
    $14.99