How do you teach worship to your youth?

We conclude not only our month on worship, but also another year of the blog here at YMC. It has been a great year, and could not have happened without so many of you sharing your words and thoughts. Thank you so much for making this possible. Today let us...

What is it like having two jobs?

Today we continue our trend of looking at part time or bi-vocational ministers. The question this week is…. “What is it like having two jobs?” Kristin is a native of Danville, Kentucky and a graduate of the University of Kentucky, University of...

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”...

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 Ten frustrations of youth ministry

All jobs have struggles and joys. Sometimes it is just good to hear that others struggle with you in the same trenches of youth ministry. I hope these help you feel a little less alone today, as we explore… “Top 10 frustrations of youth ministry”...

Top Ten phrases to avoid in youth ministry

There is so much wisdom contained in these words that follow in regards to this week’s topic. While summer is very busy for youth ministers I hope you have time to read, as we continue our great countdowns this week with….. “Top 10 Phrases to Avoid...

What does the church need from youth ministry?

We end our month reflecting on big questions this week. It has been a really rewarding month getting to read everyone’s thoughts on these subjects. Today we focus on… “What does the church need from youth ministry?” Tim Schindler serves as the...

What do youth need from youth ministry?

We plan events, create Bible studies, and generally care for our youth. How often though do we stop and ask ourselves……. “What do youth need from youth ministry?” Rev. Alice Cates serves as the Minister to Youth at Chester Baptist Church in...

Where is youth ministry headed?

Youth ministry changes almost weekly. Different kids show up to each event, sometimes new kids join, old kids leave, etc. With such a flexible ministry it is sometimes hard to effectively plan to far ahead. Today we reflect and think on….. “Where is youth...

Why does Youth Ministry exist?

This month we are going to be looking at some bigger questions for youth ministry. Some of these questions you might have thought through before, or maybe you just take for granted their answers like I some times do. I hope these blogs help you further explore youth...

How do you send your youth off to college?

Its hard to say goodbye. We want to remember the old times, while celebrating the new adventure that lays ahead, so today we explore……. “How do you send your youth off to college?”   Rev. Alice Cates serves as the Minister to Youth at Chester...

Creating Engaging Youth Spaces

Youth Room, Youth Building, Youth Suite, Youth Lounge, Youth Space….Whatever you call it, it seems that most churches have a place that is specifically geared towards teenagers. I am always looking at ideas of how to make the youth space at my church more engaging for...

How do you help your youth prepare for college?

Graduation is quickly approaching. In the coming months, many youth will transition out of our ministries. How do we help them as they move on? How do we continue to be a support for them? How can we get the church to continue to show them love? There are so many...

How do you utilize the committee?

I hope you have been getting as much out of these committee questions as I have. Reading these posts so far have me feeling excited and energetic about my next youth committee meeting and the opportunities we have to shape our youth ministry as a group. Today we dive...

10 Games to Play in the Car

Camp, retreats, and mission trips… oh my! Youth ministry is full of time on the road. Love them or spend them wishfully counting down the hours until you will not be trapped in a small space with screaming teenagers – road trips are a part of the fun! Here are 10...

Who serves on a youth committee?

We know why we should have a committee, but who exactly should we seek out to help us? Who can help us the most? This week we explore….. “Who serves on a youth committee?” Ali Chappell is a second year seminary student at Baylor University’s Truett...

Why should you have a youth committee?

If you have been a youth minister for more than 5 minutes you know that it takes team work. No one person can be at every function, be everything to every student, and single handily make every event happen. One of the greatest assests to ministers are a great...