Youth Ministry

Why Youth Are Leaving The Church (A Satire)

by jpserrano on March 2, 2014 · 0 comments

Here is a little something I found on the internet.

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The older I get while doing youth ministry….

by jpserrano on February 21, 2014 · 0 comments

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THE youth ministry question?

In his book Taking Theology to Youth Ministry, Andrew Root poses the question,  “If youth ministry isn’t for keeping kids good, for making them into servants, or passing on tradition, what is youth ministry for?” What say you? -jpserrano

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Youth & Family Newsletter Article

It’s the beginning of another school year; it’s a time for new beginnings. A Quick Update: Here’s an update on my place in the candidacy process. I have officially been “Approved” by the Multi-Synodical Candidacy Committee. This means that I can enter into the assignment process in October. During this process I will find out […]

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The First Friday and the Philosphy Behind It.

Part of the requirements for my pastoral internship is that I complete some sort of project.  Here it is. The Project The Church’s context: I noticed that the church is near a high school and many youth walk by the church on a daily basis.  For several days I stood outside the church during the half […]

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The Annual Church Meeting

Sometimes church annual meetings can get long, dare I say boring, especially when the discussion descends into worry about finances/declining attendance etc. As a youth minister I would often make videos for the annual meeting, in addition to a written report, in order to break up the stream of talking heads.  It was usually a […]

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Putting the Puzzle Together

On fridays I stay at home with my youngest son who is 2 years old.   He’s pretty activity.  On this day he migrated from reading books to making me food in the play kitchen to assembling a puzzle.  In fact, he worked on that puzzle for a while.  At first, I didn’t want to […]

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Planning a Youth Group Meeting

Worship, outreach, learning, and fellowship are core aspects of any healthy youth ministry; exclude any one of these and a youth ministry is found wanting.  Though a youth ministry needs these four practices, it doesn’t mean that all four need to be done at every meeting.   Each gathering should be purposeful in its planning […]

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The Youth Room

Often in churches the youth room is converted space. Meaning that it was a Sunday school room, office, parish hall, basement etc. that has been made into the youth room.  But, just because the youth room is an afterthought does not mean that a youth minister can’t do some good things with it.  So here […]

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A response to “The Joys & Pains of Spiritual Growth.”

A friend asked me what I thought about this article- Youth Pastor Panel: The Joys & Pains of Spiritual Growth.  Here is my response: I think that self-care is an extremely important issue for people in ministry.  Our job in ministry is to walk with people in their spiritual journeys and guide them along God’s path.  So, I appreciate […]

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Theme Park Youth Ministry

Going on trips is a necessary part of any youth ministry. After my first couple years of taking youth to Christian Family Night at Magic Mountain, I learned that something freeing seems to happen on these trips–youth talk waiting in lines. At theme parks young people open up in ways that they just don’t do […]

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How to keep a Youth Minister /Pastor /Director

Here is my top 15 things a church can do to keep their youth worker. Pay well.  A first year youth worker in a church should earn the starting salary of a first year teacher in the area. Give vacations.  At least 3 weeks a year and 4 Sundays. Give “comp time.”  If they worked […]

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