Down in the Ministry Dumps

There are some days that I feel worthless as a minister. It's on those days that all of my shortcomings seem to be glaring brighter than the sun. Those boring sermons I've delivered. The students who have left the church for the things of this world. My neglected duties as a husband. The weight is … Continue reading Down in the Ministry Dumps

Preaching and Youth Ministry, Part 2: Your Own Material

This is the second installment of a series on preaching and youth ministry.  Gurus of student ministry focus on many important aspects of ministry, but this is one that is often forgotten, unless the discussion centers upon the proper length of a sermon or how to keep teenagers' attention.  The first installment discussed the need … Continue reading Preaching and Youth Ministry, Part 2: Your Own Material

Preaching and Youth Ministry, Part 1: Whole Books of the Bible

I'm coming up on the two year anniversary of my time here at Heucks Retreat Baptist Church.  Having said that, I understand that I'm still a novice at youth ministry and ministry in general.  That's why I don't want to sound like I have everything figured out.  But I would like to do a short … Continue reading Preaching and Youth Ministry, Part 1: Whole Books of the Bible

The JV Pastor

Junior varsity sports are typically painful to watch.  JV teams are often comprised of teenagers who haven't yet mastered their particular sport.  That's why they're the early game, the one where only parents fill the stands to cheer on their precious angel.  Even in practice, the JV squad only rarely, if ever, gets the full … Continue reading The JV Pastor

Is Youth Ministry Biblical?

This is not a new question.  But a new movie, Divided, has created a buzz in the Christian subculture surrounding this very question.  (You can read more about the controversy in this Baptist Press report.)  In the documentary, Philip Leclarc sets out to determine why there are so many young people leaving the church once … Continue reading Is Youth Ministry Biblical?

Why You Should Study Theology

During youth Bible study on Sunday nights, we have been studying systematic theology.  Simply put, that means we take a topic, such as the Trinity or salvation, and study all (or almost all) that the Bible has to say about that particular issue.  For some of you, this sounds about as appealing as an enema. … Continue reading Why You Should Study Theology