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2018 Blog Articles

The Life of Uncertainty

Our theme this year is "The Life." Today we explore that theme with.....     The Life of Uncertainty     Steve Cothran has served since 1990 as Youth Minister at 3 churches in 3 states--Florida, Kentucky, and North Carolina--and is now the Associate Pastor to Students...

The Life on the Air Mattress

Our theme this year is "The Life." Today we explore that theme with....     The Life on the air mattress     Glenn Maddox is the Missions Mobilizer for the Baptist General Association of Virginia. He’s a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Baptist...

The Life of a Big Kid Minister

Our theme for 2018 is "The Life." Today we explore that theme with.....     The Life of a Big Kid Minister     Brittani grew up at Crescent Hill and joined the staff in March 2012. She is a graduate of the University of Louisville and Baptist Theological Seminary at...

The Life of a Multi-Ministry Associate

Our theme for 2018 is "The Life." Today we explore that theme with....     The Life of a Multi-Ministry Associate     Lauren McDuffie is the Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church in Morehead, Kentucky. She graduated from Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville,...

The Life of the Seminary Student/Youth Minister

Our theme for 2018 is "The Life." Today we explore that theme with.....     The Life of the Seminary Student/Youth Minister     Jonathan Balmer is an M.Div candidate at George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University. He serves as Minister of Youth at 7th...

The Life of a Folk Singer

In 2018 our theme is "The Life." Today we explore that theme with....     The Life of a Folk Singer     Rev. Ben Brown is the Minister of Youth at First Baptist Church in Waynesboro, Va. Ben is a native of Virginia and has degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University...

The Life of the Cry Night

Our theme for 2018 is "The Life." We explore that theme today with.....     The Life of the Cry Night     Ali Chappel Dehay is a Youth Minister at Calvary Baptist in Waco, Texas. She graduated from Meredith College and got her Masters at Baylor's Truett Seminary. Ali...

The Life of Discipline

This year's theme is "The Life." Today we explore that theme with....     The Life of Discipline     Andy is the Minister to Students at Vestavia Hills Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL.   I recently attended a summer youth program in worship leadership with a small...

The Life of the Trusted Youth

This year's theme is "The Life." Today we explore that theme with....     The Life of the Trusted Youth     Ginny Richardson serves as the Pastor for Youth and Children at Vienna Baptist Church in Vienna, Virginia (about 20 miles outside DC). She is a Richmond,...

The Life of a Saint

This year's theme is "The Life." Today we explore that theme with....     The Life of a Saint     William serves as Minister of Youth and Young Adults at Derbyshire Baptist Church in Richmond, VA. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religion Degree from Samford...

The Life of a grieving minister

This year's theme is "The Life." Today we explore that theme with......     The Life of a grieving minister     Rev. Dr. Sarah Boberg is the Minister of Youth and Children at First Baptist Church in Red Springs where she serves with husband and Pastor, Rev. Bradley...

2017 Blog Articles

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The Story about the Girl who Disappeared

This year’s theme is “The Story/The Stories.” Each week our blog will focus on a story from a youth minister. We hope these stories help inspire you in the great work you are doing, as well as let you know you aren’t alone in the crazy, sweet, often hard to fathom...

The Story of First Fruits

This year’s theme is “The Story/The Stories.” Each week our blog will focus on a story from a youth minister. We hope these stories help inspire you in the great work you are doing, as well as let you know you aren’t alone in the crazy, sweet, often hard to fathom...

The Story of CCM

This year’s theme is “The Story/The Stories.” Each week our blog will focus on a story from a youth minister. We hope these stories help inspire you in the great work you are doing, as well as let you know you aren’t alone in the crazy, sweet, often hard to fathom...

The Story music tells our Youth

This year’s theme is “The Story/The Stories.” Each week our blog will focus on a story from a youth minister. We hope these stories help inspire you in the great work you are doing, as well as let you know you aren’t alone in the crazy, sweet, often hard to fathom...

The Story of When the Mission Trip Came Home

This year’s theme is “The Story/The Stories.” Each week our blog will focus on a story from a youth minister. We hope these stories help inspire you in the great work you are doing, as well as let you know you aren’t alone in the crazy, sweet, often hard to fathom...

The Story of Mark 6 and Sidewalk Chalk

This year’s theme is “The Story/The Stories.” Each week our blog will focus on a story from a youth minister. We hope these stories help inspire you in the great work you are doing, as well as let you know you aren’t alone in the crazy, sweet, often hard to fathom...

The Story of the trip that almost did me in

This year’s theme is “The Story/The Stories.” Each week our blog will focus on a story from a youth minister. We hope these stories help inspire you in the great work you are doing, as well as let you know you aren’t alone in the crazy, sweet, often hard to fathom...

The Story of the Question

This year’s theme is “The Story/The Stories.” Each week our blog will focus on a story from a youth minister. We hope these stories help inspire you in the great work you are doing, as well as let you know you aren’t alone in the crazy, sweet, often hard to fathom...

The Story of My Gold-Medal Summer

This year’s theme is “The Story/The Stories.” Each week our blog will focus on a story from a youth minister. We hope these stories help inspire you in the great work you are doing, as well as let you know you aren’t alone in the crazy, sweet, often hard to fathom...

The Story of my favorite youth events

This year’s theme is “The Story/The Stories.” Each week our blog will focus on a story from a youth minister. We hope these stories help inspire you in the great work you are doing, as well as let you know you aren’t alone in the crazy, sweet, often hard to fathom...

The Story of traveling in Bath, England

This year’s theme is “The Story/The Stories.” Each week our blog will focus on a story from a youth minister. We hope these stories help inspire you in the great work you are doing, as well as let you know you aren’t alone in the crazy, sweet, often hard to fathom...

2016 Theme:  The People

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The People I want my students to meet

Every week this year we are exploring the theme "The People." Today we dive in to.....     The People I want my students to meet       Tim Schindler serves as the Associate Pastor of Youth and Ministry Development at Georgetown Baptist Church in Georgetown, Kentucky...

The People whose children play sports

Every week this year we are exploring our theme of "The People." Today we are talking about....     The People whose children play sports       While a Missouri-native, Abby Pratt currently lives in Richmond, VA where she serves as the Associate Pastor of Youth and...

The People who keep me sane

Every week this year we are exploring the theme "The People." Today we dive in with......     The People who keep me sane       Rev. Anita Laffoon earned her Master of Divinity degree from Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA, and is currently the Youth and...

The People who deserve appreciation

Every week this year we are exploring the theme "The People." Today we think about......     The People who deserve appreciation       Felicia Fox is the Associate Pastor of Students & Families at First Baptist Mount Olive. She is a graduate of the M. Christopher...

The people who make this blog possible

Every week this year we are focusing on the theme of "The People."  Today we dive in to explore.....     The People who make this blog possible!       Andrew Noe is the Director of Faithways Academy at Georgetown College, and the moderator of this blog. He enjoys...

The People plowing through homework

Every week this year we are diving in to the theme "The People." Today we look at..... The People plowing through homework   Andy Farmer is the Minister to Students at Vestavia Hills Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL. We are called to exegete our contexts, which...

The People I don’t thank enough

Every week this year we are exploring the theme of "The People." Today we jump in with......     "The People I don't thank enough"       Rev. Anita Laffoon earned her Master of Divinity degree from Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA, and is currently the...

The People we need in our youth groups

Every week we focus on our theme for the year "The People." This week's blog is about.....     The People we need in our youth groups       Daniel Potter is originally from Chapel Hill, NC and is a third year M. Div student at the Wake Forest School of Divinity. He is...

The People you least expected to be leaders

Every week this year we are exploring blogs related to our theme "The People." Today we jump in with....     The People you least expected to be leaders       Rev. Sarah Boberg is the Minister of Youth and Children at First Baptist Church in Red Springs where she...

The People who show up

Every week this year we are exploring the theme of "The People." Today we jump in with.....     The People who show up       Carol Harston has served as Minister to Youth at Highland Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, since 2007. Born and raised at Highland,...

The People who taught me how to really give

Every week this year we are exploring the theme of "The People." Today we jump in with......     "The People who taught me how to really give."       Adam Tarver is the Minister to Youth at West Hills Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. He studied Religion and...

The People who keep us sane

Each week this year we focus on our theme "The People." Today we explore...       "The People who keep us sane"     While a Missouri-native, Abby Pratt currently lives in Richmond, VA where she serves as the Associate Pastor of Youth and Mission at Central Baptist...

2015 Blog Articles

How do you as a minister connect to the community?

Our youth in the community, our youth in the church community....but what about us. As ministers we often can forget to engage anyone except our congregation. How do we keep one foot in the community to know it's needs, and one foot in the church to lead it to fill...

How do you help youth plug in to the church community?

We are focusing on community this month. Our last post was about the community surrounding the church, but today we are focusing on the community inside the church. Often youth can become their own community, and rarely if ever interact with the large church...

Top ten influential books in your ministry

We all know books are a great resource. The problem is finding time to read all the great books. This week we offer a small glimpse through one minister's eyes of.... "Top 10 influential books in your ministry" Ginny Richardson serves as the Pastor for Youth and...

Top ten things you want to do for parents

This week we are short and sweet and to the point. It is the middle of summer, so I am betting all youth ministers are okay with that. We talked about parents last week, and we continue that this week with.... "Top 10 things we want to do for parents" Kristin is a...

Top Ten joys of youth ministry

Last week we expressed our frustrations. Most of those probably resonated with many youth ministers. Today we keep it short, sweet, and beautifully written. While it is good to struggle together, we must also focus on the joys. Which is what we do today with.... "Top...