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

April 19, 2018- 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... Read More
Four Things to Do When You Transition to Using Orange

Four Things to Do When You Transition to Using Orange

By Luke Mihail, Youth and Young Adults Pastor at Kilsyth South Baptist Church in Melbourne, Australia Have you ever started in a new ministry role only to find yourself thinking: “How am I ever going to change this?” Maybe it was something as minor as changing the blend of coffee used in the kitchen. (Amen!) Or maybe it was something as imperative as a total culture or vision shift for the ministry. No matter what it was, you know as well as I do that change is always hard in ministry, but... Read More
Love Inspires Us to Act: Unique Ideas to Mobilize Your Students to Serve

Love Inspires Us to Act: Unique Ideas to Mobilize Your Students to Serve

By: Katie Edwards, Junior High Pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA One of my favorite parts about student ministry is getting my students involved in giving back to the community around them. But if I’m being honest, it’s also one of the most challenging. Getting students excited about doing things for other people isn’t always easy. And coming up with new and unique ways for our students to serve, love, and share our resources can be even harder. To help take just a little bit of... 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
Women in Ministry: A Spectrum of Positions

Women in Ministry: A Spectrum of Positions

In Episode 14 of Rethinking Youth Ministry, we talked about the unique challenges that women face in ministry and leadership. Our goal wasn’t to argue the theology surrounding women in leadership or define what roles women could/should serve in, but to acknowledge the real tension that female leaders face—whether they’re employed by the church or not—when they try to do what God created them to do. Listen to Episode 14 Regardless of where you land theologically, there’s something we can all... Read More
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