Youth Ministry and Background Checks…Help me out…


I have never done these but feel compelled to have ALL those who chaperone and volunteer to do this. But, I need some feedback... What is the best company to do this with? Cost-effective... Do you keep this stuff on file? How do you deal with the criticism of "Well I guess you don't trust … Continue reading Youth Ministry and Background Checks…Help me out…

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How do I write curriculum for Youth Ministry


Like many of you, we have a set curriculum flow in our ministry and we use LIVE curriculum from the guys at Simply Youth Ministry. It has been an awesome tool for us to use and simply to put in the hands of our teachers who have material that is engaging, biblical, concise and relevant. … Continue reading How do I write curriculum for Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry and Evangelism – Part 3 – Mistakes


Often we know what to do by what not to do. For example, Heather and I have told Samuel over and over not to touch the eye on the stove as it will burn him. Two year olds do not comprehend directions and the implications of danger. Sometimes they just have to learn it themselves. … Continue reading Youth Ministry and Evangelism – Part 3 – Mistakes

Evangelism and Youth Ministry – Part 2 – The Call


You can read the previous post here. I am concerned now about what motivates us to do evangelism. In other words, if I were to sit down with a teenager and ask them, "Why should you evangelize?" I wonder what responses I would get: What is evangelism? (With shrugged shoulders) I don't know. Because I … Continue reading Evangelism and Youth Ministry – Part 2 – The Call

How to speak at Chapel, FCA events and Other School-Sponsored Events


Yesterday I had the opportunity to speak at Goodpasture Christian School during their chapel time. I have probably spoken there 20 times since I have been at Main Street. I have also had the pleasure of speaking at numerous FCA events all over the county. It is a daunting task to speak in front of … Continue reading How to speak at Chapel, FCA events and Other School-Sponsored Events

National Conference on Youth Ministries – Final Reflections


I have had little time to process all of the lessons, classes and discussions.  I thought I would relay some meanderings here that might help participants of NCYM, fellow youth ministers, church members and everyone else. I wish to do this in a sort of "lessons learned" format. For Youth Ministers, there is much to … Continue reading National Conference on Youth Ministries – Final Reflections