youth events

7 Secrets to Getting More Students to Sign Up for Your Youth Events

We all want to know the secrets to getting more students to sign up for your youth events right?  You know the feeling.  You’ve spent hours and hours planning an event.  You’ve invested time, energy, money into it.  All of this and then no one really shows up.  Or at least not as many as you’d hoped and planned for. If you’ve been in ministry more than a week or two, you’ve experienced this.  It can be super frustrating and extremely discouraging.  I’ve written before on why your youth ministry numbers matter, as well as, why your youth ministry numbers don’t …

Choosing to Stay in Youth Ministry

TLH042: Choosing to Stay in Youth Ministry When You Can Leave

What happens when you choose stay in Youth Ministry when you could leave?  It won’t take long serving in Youth Ministry before you will hit a point where you feel you could–or should–leave the position you’re in.  Choosing to stay in Youth Ministry, and choosing to stay in your position in Youth Ministry can be really difficult. I’ve written about why you should stay, and why most will leave, but today you’ll hear first hand what happens when choosing to stay in Youth Ministry.  It certainly isn’t easy, but the payoffs can be HUGE. So, what happens when you stay? Today, …

Fighting Pornography Addiction

TLH041: Fighting Pornography Addiction

Fighting pornography addiction is a battle not to be taken lightly.  If you’re in ministry it definitely affects you.  Whether in the lives of the teens you serve, their families, or maybe you’re own personal struggle. It is in many cases the BIG secret that seems all too present in the lives of those we serve, and many times in those that are serving.  That there is no question that it is an epidemic. The days of having to go look for pornography are long gone making fighting pornography addiction even more difficult.  With so many carrying around a smartphone …

ministering to introverted students

TLH040: Ministering to Introverted Students

In ministry we are constantly finding ourselves ministering to many different types of people.  This seems especially true in youth ministry. One group that is often lost in the mix are introverts.  Ministering to introverts brings a unique set of challenges.  Doing so effectively requires intentionality and thoughtfulness in every aspect of our ministries. Added to this the fact that many youth pastors are closet introverts who feel the pressure to be an extrovert, and suddenly we find ourselves conflicted ourselves.  Everything around us seems to be aimed at and geared toward the extrovert making ministering to introverts even more …

Youth Pastors Are Not

Three People Youth Pastors Are Not

As youth pastors and youth workers we wear a lot of hats.  We often end up taking on a ton of random tasks and responsibilities and filling a lot of different roles. There are some roles however that we should not fill.  Some of these are rather obvious, some of these are roles we’d rather not fill anyway, and then there are some that we sometimes drift into even when we don’t intend to. In particular there are three “people,” we will call them, that youth pastors are not.  To be transparent here, I’m hesitant to write this post, because …

Organized in Youth Ministry with Evernote

TLH039: Staying Organized in Youth Ministry with Evernote

Struggle with staying organized in youth ministry?  How can you keep track of everything without going crazy along the way?  How can you keep track of all those receipts?  Wait…anyone else struggle with losing these?  No?  Just me?  Oh, okay. If you have been around the blog or the podcast for a day or two you probably know by now that I LOVE Evernote.  It literally keeps me sane…and employed. Without question Evernote is the most used tool in my toolbox.  So as you can imagine, having the guru of Evernote on the podcast today makes me a bit giddy. Today, Brett …