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2018 Blog Articles

The Life of Jesus’ Grandad

This year's theme is "The Life...."  Today we close out our year with a great post titled......     The Life of Jesus' Grandad         Steve Cothran has served as a Minister to Youth and Families since 1990 at 3 churches. He served most recently at FBC Greensboro, NC...

The Life of a Thanksgiving Tradition

This year's theme is "The Life..." Today we continue that theme with.....     The Life of a Thanksgiving Tradition       Lauren McDuffie is the Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church in Morehead, Kentucky.  She graduated from Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville,...

The Life of Someone Else

This year's theme is "The Life...." Today we continue that theme with.....     The Life of Someone Else       Zachary Helton is the Youth Pastor at Lake Shore Baptist Church in Waco, TX. He writes curriculum, stories, and film reviews at...

The Life of the Pilgrim

This year's theme is "The Life..."  Today we continue that theme with.....     The Life of the Pilgrim       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...

The Life of an (Un)intentional Youth Pastor

This year our theme is "The Life....." Today we explore that with.....     The Life of an (Un)intentional Youth Pastor       Kyle Caudle serves as the Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church in Winchester, Virginia where he does youth ministry and other duties as...

The Life of the Ministry Monster

This year's theme is "The Life..."  Today we continue that theme with....     The Life of the Ministry Monster         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....

The Life of Jonah

This year's theme is "The Life..." Today we continue that theme with....     The Life of Jonah       Andy Farmer is the Minister to Students at Vestavia Hills Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL. In seminary, Jonah became my favorite book in the Bible. We translated it...

The Life of a Mom in Ministry

Our theme this year is "The Life." Today we explore that theme with.....     The Life of a Mom in Ministry     Sharon Kirkpatrick Felton has been the Minister to Youth and Students at Faith Baptist Church for a year and a half. She has over 25 years’ experience in...

The Life of the Juggling Minister

Our theme this year is "The Life." Today we explore that with.....     The Life of a Juggling Minister     Alex Lockridge started a wonderful journey as the student minister at Corbin FBC beginning in November of 2012. His greatest prayer is that each student would...

The Life of “Those Students”

Our theme this year is "The Life." Today we explore that theme with.....     The Life of "Those Students."     Adam Tarver is the Minister to Youth at West Hills Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. He studied Religion and Applied Psychology at Carson-Newman...

The Life and the Method to the Madness

Our theme this year is "The Life." Today we explore that theme with....     The Life and the Method to the Madness     Jamie Mackey is the Minister to Students at First Baptist Church of Huntsville, Alabama. Jamie has been doing this ministry with students for 24...

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...