Grow yourself, grow your youth ministry!

There are two options for excellent training for youth pastors. But before we get into that we need to ask the question- WHY? Why should you get additional and continual training in your field? Because it is important to stay sharp! As we progress in our work, and grow in the ministry God has given us it is important to continually be growing in our walk with God, our skill set to reach teens for Christ and our ability to lead others. Also, we need constant encouragement. Youth pastors are a unique breed of people and the only people who really under understand are other youth pastors! It isn’t just about the unique training though, there is also an important aspect of networking with these small groups. And the really cool thing is that you never have to leave your home or office. It’s all done online. We even have a team ready and willing to help you get all set up online if you’re not a regular online user. It’s easy, simple, and unique to your needs.

A unique online training and networking opportunity!

Creating a Movement is designed to help you figure out the nuts and bolts of a plan for deep discipleship. It’s focus is on the long-term impact of youth ministry and strategic planning for the future as we seek to make disciples of Jesus.

The training is a unique online experiece for youth pastors, injected with the type of networking that only happens when a group of youth pastors get together to talk and pray about what only youth pastors understand. Register now to get the tools and support you’ve been looking for.

In Their Own Words

Here’s how Chris Rollman, alumni and current facilitator, describes it:

Creating a Movement of Discipleship is integral to anyone who is involved with student ministry. As someone who leads a youth ministry or volunteers with students, we must always be asking how discipleship should and can happen.

If discipleship does not occur in our sphere of influence and relationships, then we will be hard pressed to live out what Jesus said was our mission on this earth. He said to “Go, and Make Disciples!”

This course focuses on scripture, relationship with other folks that are in the course, and planning that will move us to action within our ministries. God desires that each of us make disciples in the context that he has us in. This is crucial to the mission that he has called his followers too.

Creating a Movement is online training that will help you create a cohesive, guiding, yet simple plan for a disciple making youth ministry. You will learn to involve others in the planning process so that when you finish, there is a team of committed adult volunteers that are now invested and engaged in the future of the youth ministry.

We’ll talk about how to use scripture and Jesus’ as the model for your ministry. This course offers perspective on the discipleship model of Jesus and how he worked with his disciples. The gospel is transformative in the lives of people and is no less transformational for teenagers that we work with.

The result: More time for (and more people) discipling students in your church. Learn all about the training.

Networking with Other Youth Pastors… Online?

Yep! Ok it can be a little awkward at first. But once you get used to the video chat it’s pretty stinkin’ awesome. You’ll be learning with a small group of youth pastosr from all over the country, sharing your experience, wisdom and ideas.

Unique and awesome. Sounds like youth ministry. Read more about the networking.

Tuesdays at 10am Central Time
May 8-June 26
Led by Brandon Baker

Thursdays at 7pm Central Time
May 10-June 28
Led by Wes Johnson

Without question, the person of Christ was the most influential person to ever walk the earth. Priorities is a new series focused on exploring the foundational principles Jesus lived and taught so you can apply them in your own youth ministry.

The goal is not just to “teach” these topics to students. You will be equipped with tons of practical ideas that will help them take ownership of these pinpricniples in their own lives so they can reflect the life of Christ.


Priorities is broken up into 6 seperate 4 week sessions, one on each topic. They are in no particular order so you can do one session, several, or all of them and still walk away with some awesome training.

  • Dependence on the Holy Spirit
  • Prayer (NEW GROUP LAUNCHING MAY 10th 2012)
  • Obedience to the Kingdom Agenda (anticipation & hope)
  • Word of God
  • Exalting the Father
  • Intentional Relationships

More about these topics.

Each 4 week session includes an in-depth leader’s Bible study, weekly group discussion via Skype video chat, and tons of practical ideas.

It is our prayer that your ministry will grow and be refreshed as you focus on the priorities Christ taught and lived.


It wouldn’t be Called to Youth Ministry online training without awesome networking! Throughout the training you will have the opportunity to work with a small group of other youth pastors from all over the country. The new friendships you make are, quite frankly, awesome.

Thursdays at 10am Central
May 10-May 31
Led by Nathan Cornett


Planning the Summer Calendar

I am working on getting our summer calendar ready right now, and it is more challenging than I thought. I keep going back to the question, ‘why’? Why are we doing what we’re doing? If I plan a beach camp and summer mission trip, and a pool party; why? Why these events and not a variety of others. Why bother with them in the first place? Well I can tell you that part of the vision is to help our volunteer staff to connect with the teens and help them grow in their faith.

I guess I just didn’t realize how hard it would be to be a leader.

I am learning that I am not good at delegating responsibility, and I hold on to the things that I am doing. There is a fine line between taking ownership of something and being possessive over it.

I am a control freak I think.

Now I’m just rambling. At some point in the future (preferably at a time when I’m NOT sick and coughing up a lung) I am going to get organized in these posts and write something with some real meat, but for now they are simply random postings about Youth Ministry with no real substance or purpose. Just garble-gunk and gibberish.

So this Friday night we’re supposed to be having a bonfire for our Jr High group. I am excited about it, but I am nervous too because of how “under-the-weather” I have felt. Also, getting a pit for a bonfire isn’t easy this time of year!

This is just one big rant. Wow. I’ll work on that!


Culture Shock

Sometimes I’ll tell you what, I am downright surprised about what I find in youth culture. The things that were “bad” in my youth such as The Simpsons, Cheers, Married with Children and Metallica are now pretty mild in comparison. Our teens see old shows like that as pretty mild and acceptable in their own lives! New shows like, How I Met Your Mother, South Park and Family Guy have taken over the airwaves and they are more edgy. Musicians sing about orgies, lesbianism, drugs and alcohol like they are normal ways of life. This new culture has taken liberty to a whole new level and I wonder if there won’t be a new move toward Puritanism is the near future.

In the Bible we are called to be in the world, but not of the world.

10 iPhone Apps Youth Workers Might Find Useful

10 iPhone Apps Youth Workers Might Find Useful

student ministry iphone apps

Just thought I’d share a few of my apps that get me by when I am in a pinch. Am I missing an important app that would be beneficial for youth workers? Let me know.


Creative Whack Pack– This is a fun way to take old ideas and see them through a new lens. Nice for the price, considering I paid $20 for the actual card pack.

Receipts Lite– Ever get in trouble for not turning in your receipts? This will help you budget and get those receipts in. For more detail, get the paid app.


Guitar Tool Kit – I have to fill in sometimes to play for worship. This app is great for me because it has a tuner and a ton of chords I can look up.

Atomic Fart– Need I say more?

You Must Choose– Fun digital version of the Would You Rather books. Great for road trips or small group openers.


IBook– This is a pretty good app for reading books on your phone. You can save your page, highlight paragraphs, and make notes.


POW– This is a fun app and a different way to post pics of your students. You can make short comic strips complete with dialogue bubbles. Oh the stories you could tell.


Fluent News– This is a great app because is culls major news organizations and picks top stories. You can also check stories by categories and save the stories you like in a folder.


Story Cubes– This is a fun tool to get kids to make a story. Shake your phone and roll the dice. Each student has to take a die and make the word on the die part of the group story.

Word Twiddle– Feeling stuck for a word or thought? This random little tool may jog your memory. I use this sometimes when thinking about new names for youth programs.


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