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POLL: What type of youth ministry do you have?

What type of ministry are you currently involved in – do you primarily minister in a rural area with lots of small towns, farms and countryside around? Are you in the thick of the urban setting in a downtown ministry? Are you in between, in a suburban setting where lots of people commute to work in the city? I realize that there are many ways to describe areas we live and our youth groups are always a mix of different students, but think the information would be helpful/interesting for sure!

JG

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POLL: Facebook Still Going Strong for Youth Ministry?

Texting and Instagram are the best forms of communication in our student ministry, with Twitter on the rise (finally) and Facebook (finally) on the decline. I wouldn’t presume that is the same across the country – but it made me wonder, is Facebook still the “go to” platform to talk to students? Vote today if it is getting better, about the same or starting to fade!

JG

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I Missed Youth Group This Week

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I missed youth group this week. That’s right, I stayed home!

We had to call an audible this week which meant I wasn’t going to be able to make it to youth group because of my son’s 11th birthday party. All summer long we’ve been having a Midweek Bible study and music on Wednesday nights and because we are hosting a conference at our church this week we got bumped to make room for them. In order to make it work, we had to change nights. But that conflicted with a really important family night. What should I do?

I didn’t go! But it wasn’t an easy decision. Here’s why:

1) There is an emotional battle that rages when you have to choose between family and church. There is a frustration with you not being capable of doing everything and balancing everything perfectly. There is a pressure from the leadership that you need to be there and on point every week. There is a calling as a father (in my case) to love my kids and raise them to love Jesus and love the church. All of those forces and more pulling on me just because I’m going to skip youth group? Some of you feel me on this. #realtalk

2) This battle is fueled by your passion for students who you love like your own. Here’s why it is a struggle: You LOVE these students. You love them like they are your own kids! You weigh where they are at spiritually. You wonder if there is a message it is sending if you’re not there. You wonder if it will all fall apart if you’re not there to hold it all together.

3) When you’re not there it does send a message. I actually think it sends several messages – like “this youth group is bigger than me” and “family is important” and “you need to hear from a variety of voices” and “be a good dad” … in short, I like the message that me not being there sends.

I don’t know the right answer in every situation. I posted this poll last night and realize that sacrifice of some important things can be part of the calling. We haven’t been able to celebrate our anniversary on the actual date for several years. I’ve called my daughter from Africa on her birthday. I get it. Not sure I’ve always done it right … but I did it right last night …. and don’t be afraid to miss youth group sometimes.

JG

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POLL: Missing Something Big for a Youth Event

Ever missed a significant life event for a youth group event? Ever missed out on your spouse’s birthday because you were at an overnighter or maybe had to call your child for her birthday from the mission trip in Kenya? We’ve all missed something important being in youth ministry – and this week’s poll asks you to vote (and share what in the comments if you like) about something significant you missed by being in youth ministry.

I’ll post more on the subject tomorrow. Vote now!

JG

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POLL: When Does Your Youth Group Meet?

When does your youth group meet on a weekly basis? Talking to youth workers it is always interesting to hear when they meet in the larger group of students. Vote now!

JG

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POLL: Have you ever snuck out of an overnighter?

Fun poll today about youth ministry overnighters. Vote now!

JG

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POLL: Videogame Ratings and Youth Events

I love videogames – but after having enough conversations with youth workers who either a) don’t get videogames at all, or b) have no boundaries on what videogames they should play, I thought a youth worker poll on the subject was in order. You can check all that apply of the above statements, and feel free to elaborate in the comments as well!

JG

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POLL: Ratio of Students to Paid Staff

We got this email in the inspired this week’s poll question:

Hey, Just wanted to say Thank You to the whole DYM team! Your leadership and experience is invaluable. I’m the Middle School Youth Director at my church and have been listening to you for a couple years now. The church that I serve at has 2000+ people with a youth group with about 400 students and 70 volunteer leaders in it. We have one full-time youth pastor, one part-time (28hrs a week) and one very part-time (10hrs a week).

We’ve been asking for more full-time staff for quite a while now to no avail. As of right now we are really spread thin. All this leads up to my question. What do you feel is a good ratio of full time staff to students? (If possible would love it if you could do a poll on this also, I would love to here others feed back.)

This is a little bit of a “big church” question, but would LOVE your vote!

JG

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POLL: Bibles at Youth Group

In our youth group’s entry-level program students are given a message outline with the Scripture printed on it and shown verses on the screen as the lesson is taught. There is no expectation to bring their Bible to service – but in Life Groups just the opposite, very little is printed and students are expected to bring and study their Bibles weekly. How about you? Are your students expected to bring their Bibles to the youth group gathering?

Thought it would be an interesting poll – vote now!

JG

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POLL: Age When Called to Youth Ministry

I discovered a calling to youth ministry when I was 20 years old. I was heading into my senior year of college and through some great discussions with mentors and lots of prayer found what I was supposed to do with the rest of my life. How about you? Vote now and let us know your age when you first discovered youth ministry, too!

I talk to youth workers all of the time and love hearing the stories and different times when God called and you answered. Vote now!

JG

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POLL: Single in Youth Ministry

I was talking to a very frustrated single youth worker a couple weeks ago – he was rejected from several positions in youth ministry simply because he was single. I can understand why churches maybe choose this route, but it got me wondering just how open churches are to hiring a youth pastor who is single. So vote in today’s poll and let’s get a picture of the youth ministry landscape out there for single lead youth workers!

Would your church hire a single youth pastor to lead the youth ministry? Vote now!

JG

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POLL: How often do you do youth group events?

I get this question all of the time from new youth workers – how often should I do youth group events? There are all sorts of different answers to this question depending on the size of your group, your goals, your church culture and more. So before we jump into that – let’s get a starting point: How often does your ministry have youth group events?

JG

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POLL: Taking the Summer Off

We were talking about crazy ideas a week ago as a team and someone came up with the idea that we take the whole summer off – and come back with a big launch in the fall. I have heard of youth ministries doing this in the past, and wondered what percentage actually do that. I’m not talking about changing it up a bit in the summer, I’m talking about largely taking most of the summer off. Vote now!

JG

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POLL: How Many Schools Are in Your Youth Group?

Was talking to a youth pastor in Indiana this past week who has a significant reach into the 4 high schools in her area. Our conversation inspired

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POLL: Performance Reviews and Staff Evaluations

I was just thinking the other day about not have a real performance review in my whole adult life. There have been wonderful guiding conversations, some painful guiding conversations and so much coaching in the day to day of ministry. But I’ve never really had a “formal performance review” that was attached to any kind of promotion, praise or raise. How about you? Vote now!

JG

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