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
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”
The Youth Ministry Coaching Program is the oldest and most developed youth ministry development program on the block. After more than seven years, and 380 graduates and current participants, we’ve seen massive transformation in the individual lives of youth workers and the ministries they lead.
Continue reading Onramps: A Youth Ministry Coaching Program Cohort for Newer Youth Workers
Dear youth pastor,
I love students, I really do. I’ve been involved in youth ministry for six years now and I love hanging out with teens and trying to model a life with Jesus to them. But lately, things have become harder and it’s not that much fun anymore. I just wanted to explain to you why. Continue reading Dear Youth Pastor: a Letter from a Volunteer
Julia Bauman is nursing her four-week old son when I call her, so in between I hear adorable little sighs of a precious baby. It’s the perfect picture of her life as a youth pastor and a new mom—a life that turned out so much better than she could have ever dreamed, thanks to an unexpected call three years ago. “It was really a dream come true,” Julia says. Continue reading When God Makes a Youth Pastor’s Dream Come True
During the past couple of weeks the news cycle has been dominated by heated discussion about immigration and refugees. When things like this come up we at The Youth Cartel begin to ask youth workers if the teenagers in their ministries are talking about these things to them and if they feel equipped to have a meaningful, Jesus-focused discussion.
Continue reading Free Resource: Refugee Discussion Guide
Ginny Scott has made a decision many of us can’t even imagine. And now that she’s done it, she knows it was a ‘God-thing’, completely Spirit-led. “I couldn’t make this up,” she says. “It’s not humanly possible.” What prompted her to make such a massive change in her life? Continue reading How One Youth Pastor Was Prompted to Make a Life-Changing Decision