A New Future For Youth Specialties: Orange & Download Youth Ministry Partner to Assume Leadership of Ministry

A New Future For Youth Specialties: Orange & Download Youth Ministry Partner to Assume Leadership of Ministry

The leaders of Orange and Download Youth Ministry (DYM) are excited to announce their partnership in acquiring Youth Specialties from Real Resources. As a nationally recognized leader in the world of youth ministry, Youth Specialties has had a rich history of 50 years of training leaders, publishing resources, hosting events, and creating platforms designed to equip leaders serving in youth ministry. With fresh leadership and direction from both Orange and DYM, Youth Specialties is entering a... Read More
Growth Requires Change! Embrace It! 

Growth Requires Change! Embrace It! 

When my kids were younger, at two times during the year, Christmas Break and Spring Break, we would go through all the closets and storage boxes of clothes and discard anything that no longer fit. Some of the items were still in good shape. Some of the items were worn out. Some of them came with funny stories and precious memories. And dare I say that some of them still had the tags on them (Shhhhh! Don’t tell!) For most items, none of that mattered. The only criteria was whether the item... Read More
He Calls Me By Name

He Calls Me By Name

I adore spending time with my twin granddaughters.  It is so hard to have them live fifteen hours away, but when I get a chance to visit, I make the most of it! On my last visit, I was sitting on the couch with them chatting.  My pet name for them is Lovey Doves.  They made the comment, “Kitty, you always call us Lovey Doves.”  I replied that yes, I do!  I asked them what their Gigi calls them.  They replied, “Precious girls,” in their sing-song voices.  I then asked them what... Read More
What Heated Conversations Have to do With Producing Polished Diamonds

What Heated Conversations Have to do With Producing Polished Diamonds

Honest moment: I hate difficult conversations! Difficult conversations keep me awake at night, make me second guess my leadership, make me worry about the person for days to follow, and push me into countless conversations with mentors about whether I’m doing the right thing. This is one part of leadership that if I never had to do again, it would be too soon. However, I recognize that those wishes are not only unrealistic but unhealthy. Loving leaders have hard conversations as we are... Read More
Social Media Tips for Leaders

Social Media Tips for Leaders

Social media is a great tool for student ministers. At almost any time of the day, a youth leader can interact with their student. Whether it is reminding them of a youth event, following up on a life event, or tagging the youth kids in a humorous meme, it is a tool to maintain contact throughout the week. Social media is a big part of the lives of this generation and therefore must be important to those that are their leaders.   Be Aware of the Dangers As helpful as social media is for... Read More