Camp Doesn’t Always Stick, And That’s Okay

It’s camp season. Best time of the year. But as you start buying an absurd amount of pool noodles and beach balls and scour Amazon for a pineapple themed Bluetooth speaker, there’s likely a small, negative thought nagging at you in the back of your mind. If you’ve been in youth ministry for a few […]

Mentoring In Youth Ministry

youth pastor and one of his students stacking chairs together after youth group

I had the pleasure of having a conversation with Brent Aiken on the Student Ministry Conversations podcast the other day (the episode releases in a few weeks). The conversation was around evaluating curriculum in the world of youth ministry. It was a really amazing conversation, and I’d highly recommend you to add their podcast to […]

Cultivating A Culture Of Worship

Man on stage with an acoustic guitar leading worship at church

When was the last time you went to a concert? If you’re me, it’s been a while. I just don’t value the experience enough for the financial and time investment required. But I can recall going to enough concerts in my lifetime to know that the energy at a good music concert is infectious. When […]

Addressing Faith Doubts In Youth Ministry

Teenager sitting on their bed feeling doubts

We’ve all been there in youth ministry where a student asks a question or poses a challenge to Christianity that we’re not totally prepared to answer off the top of the dome. That’s a hard place to be because, let’s face it, none of us likes to look stumped in front of a group of […]

Fostering Authentic Faith In Teenagers

Group of teenagers wearing G Shades aviator sunglasses

My wife and I recently went from parenting three kids to parenting five. No, we didn’t have twin babies! We brought in two teenage siblings we already knew and loved from around the neighborhood. Through a series of conversations with them and their biological parent over a period of a little over a year, it […]

Life Is Long

Can we just be honest and admit something really quick? As youth workers, we love all of our students equally, but we love some more than others. It’s okay. No one’s looking. You can just admit it. Sometimes God puts certain students in our pathway and puts it on our heart to do for that […]


When college students come back, we get the scary privilege of checking in with them as youth pastors. If you haven’t had this experience yet, you will. Sometimes we discover that our former students have fallen off a bit faith wise as they’ve begun their official transition toward adulthood. Disillusionment. Disengagement. Dissection. Deconstruction. Maybe some […]

It Doesn’t Matter If It’s Sin

“He touched the butt.” That is one of my favorite quotes from, not just Finding Nemo, but maybe any animated film ever. And the fact that that is the case demonstrates very clearly that God has hardwired me for a life of youth ministry. If you’re familiar with the film, you’ll recall that Nemo had […]