Change Your Job Description

Originally published December 2003.

Somehow today's youth ministry has become centered around the youth pastor.  Today's youth ministry is not centered on youth and it is not centered on the legal caregivers of youth.  It is centered around the youth pastor.  Need proof?  Who always speaks at most of the youth meetings?  Who always plans the retreats?  Who always attends the retreats?  Who always coaches the small group leaders?  Who goes on all the mission trips?  The answer is, of course, you.  That is why they pay you.  They pay you because you are the gifted speaker, you are the one who knows the teenagers, you are the youth ministry expert.

The unintentional result of this set up is what would happen when you leave?  A lot would change, right?  At the church you are at right now, are you following what the previous youth worker did?

Take A Nap With Jesus

Originally published February 2003,

Tim Baker, student ministries pastor at Hope Fellowship in Longview, Texas, and author,  wrote a great article about adrenaline and youth ministry.  The following is just a clip of the article but I think for those of us who are running on adrenaline this little bit is all we need to identify.

“I realized that my sickness revolves around two awful words--’I’ and ‘Another.’  It’s like this.  Fifty kids will never be enough.  I need to reach just one more...I need to catch another kid.  My self-focus and “another-ness” is fueled by adrenaline and stress.  The more I feel I’m missing those nebulous, undefinable goals, the more I get stressed out.  The more stress, the more adrenaline.  The more adrenaline, the more sickness--and the cycle continues.  In my quest to understand what was going on in me, I reached the medical problems adrenaline and stress were creating.”

Youth Ministry and Creation Care


Originally published January 15, 2008.

Another recent Barna Group survey (September 17, 2007) asked various adults if global warming was a major problem facing America.With the adults surveyed grouped into various groups such as age, mainline Protestants, Democrats or atheists, well over 50 percent believe that global warming is of great concern.The two groups which were below 50 percent were Republicans and evangelical Christians. 

Leadership Journal did a cleverly-phrased online poll asked to Christian leaders.Twenty-four percent admitted that they were green before green was cool.Another 16 percent said, “I confess: I'm sort of becoming a tree hugger.”Is Christian tree hugger going to become the next oxymoron?A total of 38 percent said “Not yet a tree-hugger, but I have a growing concern.”Only 22 percent said “Don't hug trees, fell 'em. It's all ‘green’ hooey.”