By Ryan McRae
Some of the students in your youth group have a hard time sitting still. When you are going to study the Bible, you can hear their sigh of frustration. They jitter and they try, ever so hard, to concentrate, to be present, but their restlessness takes over.
Continue reading 5 Spiritual Disciplines for the Highly Distracted Soul
Earlier this week we published Dan Navarra’s excellent Youth Pastor Compensation Survey report. And, rightly so, people in the comments of the report were curious is Dan’s research had discovered a gender pay gap. In other words, are full-time women in youth ministry paid less than men in the same role?
So I wanted to address this today– which also happens to be International Women’s Day.
Continue reading Gender Pay Gap in Youth Ministry Employment
Prepared by Dan Navarra
Edited by Adam McLane, Mark Oestreicher
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Continue reading The Full-Time Youth Pastor Compensation Survey for 2017
Over the last several years I’ve lead a vision trip to Haiti for youth & church leaders who are considering bringing a team to Haiti but don’t quite no where to start. Or perhaps you really want to but there’s pushback from people in the congregation about going there. (Health, safety, political climate… any number of reasons.)
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Manage Your Energy
Time management is a myth; it’s our energy that needs managing. If you have a high output of energy night planned, get all the boring admin stuff you need to get done in the morning. If you are in “shopping” mode, make sure and grind it out; get all of it done, don’t hold anything back.
If you need to do your message prep without interruption, don’t plan on getting that done when the everyone is around at your church. You might need to peel off to a coffeeshop with a big ol’ hoodie on.
If you aren’t taking a Sabbath, sis, brah, you need to. And don’t couch your Sabbath in a “Bible study” with your youth kids or a high school road trip. Nope. The Sabbath is for you to recharge.
Continue reading A Youth Worker’s Guide to Productivity
The Youth Cartel‘s recent release, “4 Views on Pastoring LGBTQ Teenagers,” is critical reading for anyone connected to youth ministry. I’ll be honest; I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. When they first announced it as an upcoming book, I assumed it would be like most contrasting views books; a debate on whether or not youth ministry should minister to LGBTQ teens. I was wrong; this book assumes that as people created in the image of God, every church has a divine calling to minister to LGBTQ teens. This book is not a theological debate, rather, it is a presentation of a range of approaches to practical ministry with young people.
Continue reading Matthew McNutt reviews “4 Views on Pastoring LGBTQ Teenagers”
Since a number of our authors are from the Philadelphia area, plus– Marko and Adam both really enjoy cheesesteaks, we thought we’d celebrate with a storewide sale.
Continue reading The Eagles won! Save 20% off our entire store now through Wednesday
hey good people — we’ve finalized the seminars for the inaugural Multi-Site Youth Ministry Campference in January. there are only 8 of them (2 rounds of 4 each), because we also have a program element called “Multi-Site Issues Dialogues” where participants will rotate through four pre-selected topical discussions on common issues facing youth workers in multi-site churches.
the topics for the Multi-Site Issues Dialogues are:
- Multiple sites, multiple sizes
- Creating & Maintaining Culture
- Defining Our Model (including reporting relationship, standardization, etc)
- Naming our Common Tensions
AND, the seminars are:
- Kurt Johnston — An up close look at Saddleback’s model
- Tom Shefchunas — How you define church defines your model.
- Kevin Libick — Interviewing 101: What you can and can’t learn from asking the right questions of a potential hire?
- Megan Bagnall — Helping Struggling and Smaller Sites
- Marko — Leading Change
- Kent Bjurstrom and Kurt Brodbeck – Developing and maintaining a strong relationship between central YM boss and site youth worker
- EJ Swanson — Scaling Youth Ministry for Sites from 30 to 3000.
- Christopher “Taffy” Tafalla — Multiplying Your Music/Worship Strategy
About 5 years ago I was serving alongside our missions partner in Haiti and this thought came to mind: We need to bring this partnership thing to Baja.
Continue reading Join us for an amazing week of ministry in Ensenada or Tijuana!
Hey folks — we just finalized the list of seminars for this year’s Middle School Ministry Campference. As usual, it’s going to totally rock!
It’s coming up super fast (October 13 – 15), and late rates kick in this coming Sunday. So get your reg on!
Continue reading Seminars at this year’s Middle School Ministry Campference