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To Save a Life (or “The Death of Cheesy Christian Movies”)

You may think that I’m going to go off on the upcoming To Save a Life movie as one of those Christian movies whose...

The Earthquake in Haiti and the Problem of Evil

Just a few days ago a catastrophic earthquake hit Haiti. Tens of thousands are feared dead. The total devastation will take weeks if not...

Relentless – Relational = Ineffective Evangelism

I hesitated putting this clip up because this group is obviously taking shots at those who evangelize. But I decided to go ahead because...

Youth Service Planning: 5 Benefits of a Program Sheet

I’ve been posting a few of our program sheets from our weekend service lately – in part because quite a few people have been...

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...
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