RYM 022: What’s Wrong With The Rockstar Student Pastor Mentality

RYM 022: What’s Wrong With The Rockstar Student Pastor Mentality

If you’re a ministry leader or a youth pastor, there are a lot of responsibilities and expectations on your shoulders from week to week. And in the midst of it all, it can be easy to think you have to be the “rockstar” of your ministry to get it all done. This week, join youth leaders for a conversation about what’s wrong with the “rockstar student pastor” mentality and how shifting that mindset can be beneficial for your ministry now and in the future. How to listen: iTunes |... Read More
What to Say When the Unthinkable Happens

What to Say When the Unthinkable Happens

As I prepared for youth group last week after the news of the tragedy in Parkland, FL, I had more than a message on my mind. I was wondering how our families were doing emotionally. I was wondering if we needed to have additional security meetings. I was wondering about what to say, not only to our students but to my own children as well. Today, when the fire alarm sounded at one of our local high schools, the students sat quietly in their chairs. To them, the alarm doesn’t mean a fire drill... Read More
What to Think When the Unthinkable Happens

What to Think When the Unthinkable Happens

I’m writing this on Wednesday—seven days since the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. The loss of life has been unthinkable. I predict every Wednesday for a long time will be tender and delicate, needing extra attention. I’m currently a volunteer youth pastor in Florida. I’m a parent, and I write books and blogs for parents. None of this experience registers when I try to fathom the shock, loss, and grief that have made their home in Parkland this week. I have fewer thoughts,... Read More
Capture Your Main Point In A Bottom Line

Capture Your Main Point In A Bottom Line

A bottom line is one sentence that captures the main point of your talk in a catchy, memorable, sticky, repeatable, and tweetable way. For example: Light of the world: Church is not just about getting something; it’s about being something. Friends and walking with the wise: As they go, you go. Your story and surrendering to God’s plan: You’ll never understand your story until you wake up to the one you’re already in. Write one sentence that captures your one thing—the main point you want... Read More
RYM 021: Is Student Camp Worth It?

RYM 021: Is Student Camp Worth It?

Have you ever crossed the finish line of a student camp or weekend retreat and thought, “Is this really worth it?” From coordinating logistics to writing messages to convincing leaders to take time off to attend, there’s so much time and effort that goes into pulling off a student camp. This week, join Sarah Anderson, Crystal Chiang, Tom Shefchunas, and Josh Lamm for a conversation about the lasting benefits of a camp experience for students in your ministry. How to listen: iTunes |... Read More
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