Archives For Youth Ministry 6.3


I got the opportunity to interview Jim Burns who is the President of Homeword.  “HomeWord seeks to advance the work of God in the world by educating, equipping, and encouraging parents and churches to build God-honoring families from generation to generation.” Jim is a three time Gold Medallion Award winning author and has written books for parents, youth workers, and students. He speaks in-person to thousands of people each year around the world with a message of hope for families. We talk about family ministry and how to engage youth ministers with the families.


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I got the opportunity to interview Craig Gross who is the pastor of XXXChurch.com. Craig is renowned speaker, innovator and consultant in the area of how to help people who struggle with porn addiction. Craig frequent debates self-proclaimed “Porn King” Ron Jeremy on various college campuses. Craig and his team seek to help people be accountable for their addictions. His software (x3watch) is well-known around the United States for helping people. You will be blessed by this interview as we talk about how to help those who struggle with pornography.


Using Random.Org Number Generator (1-6) the winner of the resource give-a-way is VANESSA!  Congrats Vanessa and I hope you become blessed by these resources!!! 

Happy New Year folks and I look forward to a wonderful 2012. 


I had the amazing blessing of interviewing Wayne Cordeiro who is pastor of the New Hope Christian Fellowship Church in Honolulu, Hawaii. He wrote a book a couple of years back called, Leading on Empty where he talked about his journey through burnout and what ministers can do to keep from burning out. We talk about depression, burnout and what we can do to make sure we are leading our church with a full tank. I know you will be blessed.

This is my 40th interview and because I believe in empowering youth ministers with cool resources I want to give away some amazing books for you to read.  All you have to do is comment below and talk about your experience with burnout and what you did to overcome it.  I will select a random person on December 30th and will mail you these resources:

  • The Millenials by Thom and Jess Rainer
  • Theological Turn in Youth Ministry by Kenda Creasy Dean and Andrew Root
  • Sticky Faith (Youth Worker Edition) by Kara Powell and Brad Griffin
  • Leading on Empty by Wayne Cordeiro
  • Ministry by Teenagers by Jonathan McKee and David Smith
  • One.Life by Scot McKnight
  • Life in Student Ministry by Tim Schmoyer

Why am I doing this?  I believe in these men and women who wrote these materials and I also believe in helping other youth ministers succeed.  So please watch the interview and comment below, spread the word and you may win some amazing resources.


I had the opportunity of interviewing Alvin Reid who is Professor of Evangelism and Student Ministry at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. We talk about evangelism and what the term “missional” means. We also talk about the need for youth ministers to engage their students in living missional lives.


I interview Lars Rood who wrote the book, “Youth Ministry on a Shoestring.” Lars has been doing ministry for over 15 years and is currently the Lead Youth Minister at the Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas. Lars and I talk about some practical things we can do on a low budget. Great interview.

How do you win a copy of the book?  In the comment section below answer this question:

WHAT LOW COST IDEA HAVE YOU DONE IN YOUR MINISTRY THAT WAS VERY EFFECTIVE?

Watch the video below and don’t forget to comment!


I had the opportunity to interview Andy Crouch who is the author of the book Culture Making. Andy and I talking about the idea of creating new culture and how this all has to do with youth ministry.


I had the opportunity to interview Dan Kimball, teaching pastor of Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz, California. Dan wrote the book, “They Like Jesus but not the Church,” and has a keen awareness of perceptions people have of the church. We talk about some of those perceptions and also talk about the way the church needs to think about those on the “outside.” Dan is really perceptive on intentional, missional living as a Christian. You will enjoy.


You will enjoy this one!


Congrats to Chad Landman as he is the winner for the Teen Edition study!  Hope you enjoy it.  

To get the free Godquest DVD Based Study (Teen Edition) by Sean McDowell watch the interview below and answer this 2-in-1 question:

Do you think studying apologetics in your youth group is important?  Why or Why not?