Signs You’re Failing

Steve Ingold, High School Director at Cornerstone Fellowship in Livermore, CA, wrote a guest post on Josh Griffin's top-ranked youth ministry blog, More than Dodgeball, about signs that indicate a youth minister is missing the mark.  Ingold's list of thirteen items includes: … if I put the ministry ahead of my relationship with God. … if I put the ministry ahead of my relationship with my wife and family. … if don’t invest in meaningful friendships outside of youth ministry and/or the Read More …

Twitter for Middle School Students

CNN.com recently featured Dan Simon's report on how one eighth grade history teacher is using Twitter in the classroom on the news site's home page.  Enrique Legaspi reminds his students to BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology), but his classroom also includes computers for any students without a device that connects to the internet.  During class, he asks students to tweet their responses to his questions.  Legaspi finds that using Twitter in this manner helps students find their voice and increases Read More …

American Sex Ed is Atypical and Ineffective

The documentary Let's Talk About Sex is generating considerable discussion.  It aired on TLC last weekend and the DVD was released a few days later.  Directed by James Houston, an Australian fashion photographer currently based in New York, the 62 minute offering shows how very different sexuality is when comparing American teens to teens from other nations.  While American teens and European teens become sexually active at about the same age the results are very different. Houston's argument is Read More …

Defining Success in Youth Ministry

Danny Ferguson serves as an area director for YFC/Youth Unlimited, which is an expression of Youth for Christ International.  Yesterday he wrote about what success looks like in youth ministry.  Ferguson asked youth ministry leaders to provide "their 140 character definition of success" via Twitter and published several of those responses, including: Enabling young people to come alive in joy and to be everything they were made to be!! - that's an attempt!! – @RCYOUTHWORKER Building Read More …

Observe then Engage: Youth Ministry 101

Brooklyn Lindsey is a pastor who currently oversees the middle school ministry at Highland Park Church in Lakeland, Florida and has recently written two books: Oppposite Day: Upside-Down Questions to Keep Students Talking and Listening (2009) and Confessions of a Not-So-Supermodel: Faith, Friends and Festival Queens (2008). She recently blogged about some advice she offered the leaders in her congregation who work with middle school students, which she suggests is helpful for those working with Read More …

What Kind of Parents are a Part of Your Youth Ministry?

Recently, Andy Blanks wrote an insightful article for churchleaders.com about the four types of parents present in most youth ministries.  He names and explains the  four categories of parents in reference to their views on discipleship: Christ-followers Making Christ-followers.  These parents understand that the biblical model of discipleship calls for the chief disciplers to be mom and dad. Students are taught the basics of a vibrant faith-life; but not just in words only. These parents Read More …

Text Ministry

Just a few years ago, most people thought of cell phones primarily as phones.  In 2010, a cell phone means much more to teenagers. According to recent research conducted by the Pew Research Center, "Text messaging has become the primary way that teens reach their friends, surpassing face-to-face contact, email, instant messaging and voice calling as the go-to daily communication tool for this age group." According to even more recent research by The Nielsen Company, the average teenager Read More …