Youth Leaders

4 Skills Your Next Youth Pastor HAS to Have

If I were a senior pastor, this is what I would be looking for in a youth pastor. If you are a youth pastor...

3 Ways to Make Sure a Youth Ministry Project Fails

I think I might have just inadvertently sabotaged the launch of a new high school service time. Here’s what I did to make sure...

3 Things Youth Workers Need to be Good At

Josh Griffin identifies three must-have skills for youth leaders as they relate to others.

3 Different Types of Care for Youth Leaders

I was talking with Katie Edwards the other day around the office (she’s the co-author of the excellent Youth Worker Training on the Go...

5 Youth Ministry Numbers I Keep an Eye On

As youth pastors, we don’t like to talk about numbers, but they matter. And people are definitely looking at them.
Youth Services: How to Be a Great Emcee

Youth Services: How to Be a Great Emcee

Finding the right people to put on stage as the host of your youth service or event is really, really important. You’ve got to...

4 Rules to Follow to Make Sure Break-Even Events Actually Break Even

Many of our youth ministry events are what we consider “break even” events – essentially what we charge students should ideally cover the cost...

7 Steps for Planning a Youth Service

Josh Griffin shows youth leaders how he survives the weekend tornado.

Renew Your Membership

Our second child, a daughter by the name of Mya Noelle, came into the world bright and early at 3:17 AM on Wednesday December...

The Next Great Generation

Revolutionary. Spiritual. Tribal. Active in social issues. Today’s teenagers exemplify these qualities, says author and demographer Neil Howe in his co-authored book Millennials Rising (Vintage, 2000)....

Brooklyn's Best 2009

Ministry can be a lot of work, no matter what situation you currently find yourself in (for me it's balancing full-time ministry, jr. high...

How to pray.

You can learn a lot about spirituality from your children. Kirra, our 2 year old daughter, prayed this prayer before going off to sleep...

Backward$ Sermon Series

Excited to see Backward$: Rethinking Our Quest for Stuff stewardship/money series release this week at Simply Youth Ministry. If you’re interested in reading the “HSM...

the best encouragement note

The other day i was given a bag full of encouragement notes, written by attendees at the Cincinatti and Atlanta national youth workers conventions....

iPod Band Christmas Opener

This weekend we have a band made up of iPods/iPhones performing the opening song, Carol of the Bells. It’s so fun! I’ll get video up soon, but...

Simply Youth Ministry Podcast: Episode 121

Missed the latest episode myself to spend time with the team for our State of HSM address. More on that later – but enjoy...

Of God And Odds

Gideon was called by the angel of the Lord (aka “Jesus”) in the book of Judges to engage, enrage and evict the invading Midianites....

The Glories Of Youth Ministry

Oh, this is just so fantastic. A youth worker emailed me earlier this week to share a funny story. I responded that I wished I could share...

What You Got Youth Leaders?

Check out John Curiale’s youth ministry website from New Smyrna Beach, Florida (shark bite capital of the world btw!!!) It is all about THE Cause! What’s...

POLL: How long should the youth group sermon be?

What is the perfect typical youth ministry sermon length?(online surveys) This week’s poll: what is the perfect youth group sermon length? JG Related posts: POLL: Are You...
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