My Personal Youth Ministry Soapbox: Sending Your Leaders To Camp

My Personal Youth Ministry Soapbox: Sending Your Leaders To Camp

I get asked a lot of questions about student ministry, but there is one in particular that always confuses me. Every now and then someone will ask me this: “Do you require Small Group Leaders to go to camp with your students?” I try not to look at them funny when they ask because to me, camps are just as much for Small Group Leaders as they are for students. In fact, the main reason that we even do camps is to create opportunities for Small Group Leaders to spend extended time with their... Read More
RYM 020: How To Take, Embrace, And Learn From Criticism

RYM 020: How To Take, Embrace, And Learn From Criticism

Let’s be honest: No one loves to be criticized. Especially when the criticism is given the wrong way or by the wrong person. However, if we learn to receive criticism with the right mindset, as ministry leaders, speakers, and youth workers, we have an opportunity to grow from it. This week, join Jamey Dickens, Ben Crawshaw, Crystal Chiang, and Sarah Anderson, for a conversation about embracing criticism and the value of asking those around you, “What’s it like to be on the other... Read More
Being the Worst Best Volunteer Leader

Being the Worst Best Volunteer Leader

Does this Wednesday night sound familiar to you? I get home after leading small group around 10:45pm.  I kick off my shoes.  My brain glitches, and my thoughts begin to spin. I drift between Netflix and randomly scrolling Instagram pictures of other people’s pets. Then, in the middle of decompressing, my phone screen lights up. My thoughts? Shoot, I was just getting to the good pug pictures. I haven’t slowed down all day. In the name of Chick-fil-A sauce, I refuse to look at my phone right... Read More
RYM 019 Part 2: Surviving The Constant Competition Between Church And Sports

RYM 019 Part 2: Surviving The Constant Competition Between Church And Sports

There are a lot of things competing with youth group attendance, and for many youth leaders, there’s no greater competitor than sports and athletics. Whether it’s travel baseball, swim meets, or soccer tournaments, when our students prioritize sports over church, it feels like we’re losing them. But are we? This week, join Brett Talley, Ashley Bohinc, Stuart Hall, and Dan Scott for part two of this conversation as they discuss their experiences navigating this tension from... Read More
Roller Skating Rinks and Rural Communities

Roller Skating Rinks and Rural Communities

Hi ya’ll!  My name is Jessica Hampton-Shipman, and I am the Middle School Large Group Leader (aka the Middle School Pastor) for Meadow Heights Church Farmington. I also lead a Small Group of eighth grade girls whom I’ve been with since sixth grade. And did I mention yet that I’m 100% a volunteer in both roles? It’s a crazy season but most definitely worth the work! Meadow Heights Church is multisite church with three locations in rural communities. The first location is in Fredericktown,... Read More