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Twilight Zone (May 25, 2012 at 6:33 AM) - Humility Pays Great Dividends
Twilight Zone (Mar 20, 2012 at 5:22 PM) - Use Your Knee Mail
Twilight Zone (Feb 16, 2012 at 7:53 PM) - Be a Goal Setter
Twilight Zone (Jan 20, 2012 at 6:03 AM) - Beware of Sexual Temptations
Twilight Zone (Dec 27, 2011 at 8:28 PM) - Develop Parents as Counselors
Twilight Zone (Nov 15, 2011 at 4:21 PM) - Believe in Yourself and Your Ministry
Twilight Zone (Oct 20, 2011 at 5:59 AM) - Insist on a job description for long haul youth ministry.
Twilight Zone (Sep 19, 2011 at 7:41 PM) - Insist On A Job Description
Twilight Zone (Aug 25, 2011 at 5:05 PM) - Recycle, Recycle, Recycle
Twilight Zone (Jul 1, 2011 at 6:41 AM) - Meet your teens basic needs.
Twilight Zone (May 17, 2011 at 6:02 AM) - Stay In Touch with the Youth Culture
Twilight Zone (Apr 14, 2011 at 5:07 PM) - Form a Youth Minister Support Group
Twilight Zone (Mar 17, 2011 at 5:56 PM) - Maintain Your Commitment
Twilight Zone (Feb 18, 2011 at 6:34 AM) - Let Your Teens Know What is Expected of Them.
Twilight Zone (Jan 27, 2011 at 3:31 PM) - Have you ever thought of what your teens and their parents really expect of you?
Twilight Zone (Dec 8, 2010 at 6:09 AM) - Some have seen many church leaders come and go.
Twilight Zone (Nov 11, 2010 at 7:29 PM) - I have often thought about giving up youth ministry.
Twilight Zone (Oct 12, 2010 at 10:12 AM) - As Christian youth ministers we should strive to do our best whether we are in for the short or long haul.
Twilight Zone (Sep 7, 2010 at 7:13 PM) - Research shows that your attitude about life can improve your health and even speed your recovery from serious injury or surgery.
Twilight Zone (Aug 18, 2010 at 6:27 AM) - Just because we are Christians and ministers does not mean that we will float through life without a few personal crises.
Twilight Zone (Jul 12, 2010 at 7:02 PM) - Our major focus in youth ministry is to help our teens get to heaven.
Twilight Zone (Jun 10, 2010 at 8:03 PM) - Develop
numerous occasions I have sat with youth ministers who are
to leave their ministries. Their frustration levels were higher
they had ever been, and they could see no relief in sight.
Twilight Zone (Jun 10, 2010 at 7:58 PM) - On numerous occasions I have talked with youth ministers who have threatened to leave their ministries.
Twilight Zone (May 18, 2010 at 7:25 PM) - Being a student of God's Word is vital to long-haul youth ministry.
Twilight Zone (Apr 15, 2010 at 7:31 PM) - There is but one way to be successful in youth ministry for a long time and that is to strive everyday to live a Christ-like lifestyle.
Twilight Zone (Mar 11, 2010 at 9:20 PM) - Day after day each one of them wondered if he would live to see another day so
he could do the same thing over again tomorrow.
Twilight Zone (Feb 16, 2010 at 8:30 PM) - Long haul youth ministry brings an abundance of blessings.
Twilight Zone (Jan 14, 2010 at 7:29 PM) - Using good judgment is vital in any occupation, especially in youth ministry.
Twilight Zone (Dec 21, 2009 at 8:46 PM) - If you want to be in youth ministry for the long haul you will need to preserve your integrity.
Send Brag Notes (Oct 23, 2009 at 7:16 PM) - I have never known a parent who does not want to hear good things about their teen.
Promote Staff Unity (Sep 23, 2009 at 5:40 AM) - How many times have you seen a minister or ministry destroyed because the staff members could not get along?
Twilight Zone (Aug 20, 2009 at 5:39 PM) - We are really blessed to be able to minister to teens. Thank God for gifting us with the ability to serve.
Create an Advisory Board (Jul 9, 2009 at 8:42 PM) - You will not be very effective or last very long if you use the Lone Ranger plan for youth ministry.
Long Haul Youth Ministry (Jun 18, 2009 at 9:21 PM) - Be careful of using youth ministry for a stepping stone to the pulpit.
Publish a Family Newsletter (May 7, 2009 at 7:25 PM) - One of the best tools for communications is a family newsletter.
Make Ministry Adjustments (Mar 12, 2009 at 6:11 AM) - From the time I was in my twenties until now in my fifties, I have made many major adjustments in my youth ministry.
Take Time to Reminisce (Dec 16, 2008 at 8:40 PM) - Take time to look back over your ministry and see what a difference you have made.
Bury Not Your Talent(s) (Nov 26, 2008 at 4:22 PM) -
Some have the gift of public speaking while others may have the gift of
speaking one-on-one more effectively. There are those who have the gift of
singing while still others have the gift of teaching classes.
Twilight Zone (Oct 22, 2008 at 2:30 PM) - Just about every time I consider hanging up the cleats I think of a teen who came through our ministry.
Do Not Try To Be A Super Person (Sep 23, 2008 at 8:09 PM) - If you want to stay in youth ministry for the long haul and maintain a portion of your sanity, you will really want to involve volunteers from your church family.
Imitate Jesus (Aug 26, 2008 at 8:25 PM) - There is but one way to be successful in youth ministry for a long time
and that is to strive everyday to live a Christ-like lifestyle.
Stay Spiritually Healthy (Jul 10, 2008 at 8:13 PM) - One of the hardest things to do as a youth minister is to stay spiritually strong while you are training your teens to do the same.
Get a Handle on Stress (Jun 19, 2008 at 8:23 PM) - Youth ministry is a very stressful ministry so it would be wise to get a
handle on your ministry stressors as soon as possible.
Maintain a Spirit of Cooperation (May 22, 2008 at 7:57 PM) - There is nothing like the spirit of cooperation to prove to your fellow staff members, church leaders, and church family that you are for the team and not for your individual ministry.
Work Hard On Patience (Apr 30, 2008 at 5:01 AM) - It seems like the older I get the more patient I become and, in my situation I can understand why. My children are now grown and married. I no longer have to leave my wife at home with two small children to go on a weeklong mission trip or, as on two occasions three week long mission trips. I no longer have the pressure of being under the same roof as my teens, so I am not responsible for what time they come in at night or who they have
Recharge Your Youth Ministry Battery (Mar 21, 2008 at 5:55 AM) - Have you ever walked out to your vehicle after a good night of sleep ready to face the world? You get in the car, put in the key, and nothing happens.
Stay Physically Healthy (Jan 15, 2008 at 9:05 PM) - Long haul youth ministry certainly calls for keeping ourselves physically fit. Those fun loving lock-ins seem to get longer every year and getting started with a physical fitness program the harder it is.
Use Parents as Ministry Partners (Dec 25, 2007 at 9:25 PM) - If you really want to stay in youth ministry for the "long haul" I can't think of a better place to start than gaining the confidence and respect of the parents of our teens.
Don’t Get Involved In Gossip (Jul 26, 2007 at 8:47 PM) - A good way to lose your credibility and possibly your job is to get involved in the gossip circle. I have seen youth minister after youth minister get into trouble with staff members and church leaders because of saying things that were not necessary.
Learn How to Accept Criticism (Jun 13, 2007 at 6:15 AM) - In youth ministry, as in most other professions, we are subject to criticism; some may be justified and some not.
Conduct Parenting Classes (May 11, 2007 at 12:21 PM) - If you want to stay in youth ministry for the long haul, it will help to show interest in the parents of your teens.
Become Involved In Another Ministry (Apr 18, 2007 at 5:26 AM) - There are several advantages to becoming involved in another ministry at your church. First, it may help us prevent burnout in our youth ministry.
Watch Your Teens Grow In The Lord (Feb 16, 2007 at 5:29 AM) - Just about every time I think about “hanging up the cleats” one of my teens of the past comes to mind. Right now I am thinking of a young man who dealt me all kinds of problems. He was involved in everything but the Lord.
Know Your Purpose (Jan 19, 2007 at 7:37 AM) - One of the first areas of ministry that needs to be covered is to discover your purpose in ministering to teens. It may be good to start discovering your purpose by writing down a few of your basic beliefs.
The Graying of the American Youth Worker (Jan 18, 2007 at 7:50 PM) - Reward: Lost dog. Three legs, blind in left eye, right ear missing, tail broken, recently neutered. Answers to the name of Lucky. Newspaper classified ad. Ever felt like “Lucky”?
Re-evaluate Yourself and Your Ministry (Jan 18, 2007 at 7:45 PM) - The longer you stay in youth ministry the more you need to re-evaluate yourself and your ministry.