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Are You Creating a Self-Serving Youth Ministry?

By Youth Specialties on July 22 2014

Are You Creating a Self-Serving Youth Ministry?

We are fortunate to know so many incredible youth workers that are far wiser than we are and Charles Rikard is one of them. We're excited to share this guest post from Charles.  Original photo by Dermot McElduff. Hi, my name is Charles Rikard and I’m selfish. For years, I tried making ministry about myself and my personal achievements. My life’s value was dependent on how many students or adults…Read More


  • Demonizing Teenagers

    By Youth Specialties on July 20 2014

    Demonizing Teenagers

    Every so often we find great older posts from friends of YS that are worth reposting. This is a great example of that from Mike King, originally posted at his blog HERE. Original photo from Nicki Varkevisser.  Unfortunately, one of the most successful strategies for funding youth ministry involves demonizing…Read More

  • Trending This Week (July 18)

    By Jacob Eckeberger on July 17 2014

    Trending This Week (July 18)

    Every Friday we pull our favorite links from across the inter-webs. This week's trending links include a study from the TIMES about teen sexting, a look at students and foster care, leadership techniques to push through difficult issues, an encouragement for women in pastoral ministry, and plenty of fuel for…Read More

  • FREE Super Saver Shipping this week!

    By Youth Specialties on July 17 2014

    FREE Super Saver Shipping this week!

    FREE Super Saver Shipping! We know you spent all your money on fireworks, corn dogs, and maybe purchasing some sumo wrestling suites for your independence day parties. So we're throwing you a little extra freedom with this FREE Super Saver Shipping coupon! All you have to do is use the code "independence14"…Read More

  • No Woman, No Cry

    By Brooklyn Lindsey on July 15 2014

    No Woman, No Cry

    Original photo by Monosnaps Bob Marley knew what would resonate in the souls of many. No woman, no cry. He sang about a great future–something he could see by faith and imagination. For him, fear becomes courage. He responded in song to  a deep human need for “ok-ness”–for significance. The words paint…Read More

  • 10-Question Exit Interview for Summer Interns

    By Youth Specialties on July 13 2014

    10-Question Exit Interview for Summer Interns

    Original photo by Wee Sen Gho Summer interns are an incredibly valuable asset for any youth pastor. They are eager to serve and learn from you, but you don't want to miss an opportunity to learn from their experience as well. Josh Griffin shares a 10-question exit interview that you…Read More

  • Trending This Week (July 11)

    By Youth Specialties on July 10 2014

    Trending This Week (July 11)

    Every Friday we pull our favorite links from across the inter-webs. This week's trending links include a look at 3 important social skills, signs of an emotionally healthy church, a great conversation about how social media is affecting teens' concept of friendship, and plenty of fuel for your procrastination.  Blogs…Read More

  • Unlearning God’s Plan For Pain

    By Jacob Eckeberger on July 08 2014

    Unlearning God’s Plan For Pain

    Original photo by Fayez. One of the most meaningful bits of youth ministry advice I’ve received is to make sure I don’t say or teach things that students will have to “unlearn.” This becomes so much more difficult when students are in the midst of tough life situations. Sometimes those…Read More

  • 5 Reasons The Church Needs Youth Ministry

    By Youth Specialties on July 06 2014

    5 Reasons The Church Needs Youth Ministry

    Mark Matlock shares his heart behind why youth ministry is vital to the body of Christ in "5 Reasons The Church Needs Youth Ministry."  If you don't have time to watch the full video, here's a quick snapshot: Youth ministry is vital to helping teens integrate into the larger intergenerational…Read More

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