Category: Youth Ministry
Is Theology Necessary for Student Ministry?
I have no supportive data for this reasoning, but I believe one specific reason teenagers leave the church is that they lack an understanding on two things: 1) what the Church is, and 2) how to be a faithful local church member. And the way we see it is simply through the rise of our…
25 Things I Would’ve Told Myself Five Years Ago – Part 2
When I originally started writing this post, I only had ten statements that I would’ve told myself. But as I wrote, the list exceeded much more than ten. It soon became fifteen, then twenty, and I’m stopping at twenty-five. Here is the last fifteen of that list: Not everyone does things like you. It is…
What Are We Working Toward?
In student ministry, it’s all too easy to methodize our ministries for entertainment or for the sake of numbers. If you’ve ever read anything regarding the history of youth ministry, you know that it is a [fairly] new concept. Youth ministry began in the 1930’s and 1940’s with the YoungLife and Youth For Christ movements,…
Children’s Ministry and the Church
I know everyone has their specific talents and abilities and skills that are given by God to be used for His glory. Over the years, I’ve developed my musical abilities, my people skills, and my speaking. My musical abilities have afforded me the opportunity to do a little bit of professional singing while in college.…
Book Review: Remodeling Youth Ministry
NOTE: This book review was written for the Helwys Society Forum. “For too long, YFM (Youth and Family Ministry) has suffered from pragmatic solutions to eternal problems,” concludes Talbot. For the past forty years, the goal of youth ministry has been to gain students through entertainment. The time has come for a reformation and a…
Should We Teach Youth Theology?
I’ve often heard people say when speaking of youth ministry, that we need to dumb down our teaching to the level of competency of our youth. And really the only area in which this applies is teaching our students. I want to be clear. I’m not writing this with an attitude of arrogance or a…
2 Reasons Entertainment Doesn’t Work in Ministry
New Blog Post: 2 Reasons Entertainment Doesn’t Work in Ministry
What is Discipleship?
For the past couple of years, I have been battling with what my philosophy of student ministry consisted of. I’ve never been one to take the side of pragmatics or what our current evangelicalism would call “entertainment driven” ministry. Within these past couple of years, I’ve begun a personal relationship with discipleship. I started reading…
My Thoughts on Student Ministry – Part 3
It’s been a little while since I’ve written in this “series” (or whatever you’d like to call them) of blog posts. In fact, it’s been close to a year since I’ve written anything about student ministry in general. Vulnerability Over the past several months, I’ve faced some tough challenges in student ministry. Some challenges, I…
Hardship in Ministry
2 Timothy has most assuredly become one of my favorite New Testament books. For the past couple of years, I have dedicated myself to studying and learning the ins and outs of effective discipleship. Throughout this time and study, I have realized that the only true way to have an effective discipleship model is to…