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2018 Blog Articles

The Life of the Former

This year's theme is "The Life." Today we explore that with....     The Life of the Former…     Andrew Shaffer is the Minister to Youth and Their Families at First Baptist Dalton, GA. He is a graduate of Mississippi State, Samford and Truett Seminary. He has worked in...

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...

2017 Blog Articles

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The Story of Doubts

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 a Bold Parent Leading the Way

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 Accidents

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……to be continued…

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 Stories of my 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 taking 25 people to Target

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 Stories that keep me coming back

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 who are thankful

This year's theme is "The People." Today we are exploring....     The People who are thankful         Andrew Shaffer is the Minister to Youth and Their Families at First Baptist Dalton, GA. He is a graduate of Mississippi State, Samford and Truett Seminary. He has...

The People I earned my seminary degree for

This year's theme is "The People." Today we are exploring....     The People I earned my seminary degree for         Carol Harston has served as Minister to Youth at Highland Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, since 2007. Born and raised at Highland, Carol has...

The People who push back

This year's theme is "The People." Today we are exploring...     The People who push back         Andrew Shaffer is the Minister to Youth and Their Families at First Baptist Dalton, GA. He is a graduate of Mississippi State, Samford and Truett Seminary. He has worked...

The People we need in church leadership

This year's theme is "The People." Today we are exploring.....     The People we need in church leadership         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 a current CBF Leadership...

The People who show up

This year's theme is "The People." Today we are exploring.....     The People who show up         Jen Van Camp has been the youth pastor at Nineteenth Avenue Baptist Church in San Francisco, CA for over 8 years now.  She grew up in Lexington, KY, and is a graduate of...

The People who use calendars

This year's theme is "The People." Today we are exploring....     The People who use calendars         Felicia Fox is the Associate Pastor of Students & Families at First Baptist Mount Olive. She is a graduate of the M. Christopher White School of Divinity at...

The People who are at risk for suicide

Today we have a special writer from the Public Health Library. They reached out to write for us because of the importance of the topic of suicide. September is suicide prevention month. Please read this article and know that as a youth minister you can make the...

The People who just don’t get “it”

This year's theme is "The People." Today we are exploring....     The People who just don't get "it."         Rev. Sarah Boberg is the Minister of Youth and Children at First Baptist Church in Red Springs, North Carolina where she serves alongside her husband and...

The People who take risks

This year's theme is "The People.."  So today we are hearing some great words on....     The People who take risks         Chris Cherry is an ordained minister who received his Masters of Divinity from McAfee School of Theology. He enjoys ping pong and skittles, sends...

The People who travel

Every week this year we are exploring our theme "The People." Today we jump in to....     The People who travel       Josh Beeler is the Associate Pastor for Youth and College at Central Baptist Church of Fountain City in Knoxville, TN. He is a graduate of Old...

2015 Blog Articles

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 are some of the joys of part time youth ministry?

We have highlighted some of the struggles of part time ministry this month, but we shouldn't ignore the joys. Today we are focused on.... "What are some of the joys of part time youth ministry?" Ali Chappell is a second year seminary student at Baylor University’s...

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 Louisville, and the...

What boundaries do you have with your youth?

We continue boundary month here at YMC with... "What boundaries do you have with your youth?" Colby Whittaker is the Associate Pastor with Youth and Young Adults at Hope Valley Baptist Church in Durham, NC. He studied religion and philosophy at Georgetown College and...