Reality Bites And Some Churches Have Fangs
When I began my first full-time youth ministry position, I had a utopian view of what it'd be like working in a church. I believed that since everyone loved Jesus it'd be an ideal work environment; I expected to hear "Kum-Bah-Yah" in the background as we closed our staff meetings. Reality hit me soon after the last book went from box to bookshelf.
10 Things That'll Get You Fired
Is your job secure? Here's a surprising rundown of "sins" that'll get you the hook. Here's some breaking news: It's no fun to get fired. Just ask a youth leader who's been through it. After years in youth ministry, I've seen enough to know what it takes to get the hook. Avoid these mistakes, and you have a shot at enjoying a long ride at your current church.
10 Things That'll Get You Fired & 10 Things That'll Make You Indispensable
Kids Who Should've Stayed Home
Reprinted from Youthworker May/June 2001--Mission trips often spark life changes. Most mission participants will return home with a different perspective on life, ministry, and compassion, but some will have a difficult time dealingwith all they experience.Read more
Journaling the Journey
Reprinted from Youthworker May/June 2001--How do you help your students interact with God's Word, reflect on what God is doing during a mission trip, respond to God's work and remember it years later?Ê A Mission Trip Journal!Read more
"Another Viewpoint on Vocational Counseling"
Reprinted from Youthworker-May/June 1998--I used to repeat this credo to student when the were faced with making career choices: "There are headaches and heartaches in ministry, but you know two things--you can do nothing else and what you do pleases God." I wanted to get as many of my students, as possible, interested in becoming youth workers, missionaries, and senior pastors (athough I personally don't understand the last choice). Read more