You should also check out the sermons and lectures from the Cross Conference, which was a huge student missions conference recently held in Louisville, KY.
Graduation time is quickly approaching. As a youth pastor, this is a special time for me when I get to celebrate with my students who are heading off to college. This is such an important time for them because these young men and women are moving off to college, and they will decide who they … Continue reading Letter to My 18-Year-Old Self
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
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
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
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?