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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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POLL: Volunteer Training Meetings

Poll question of the week – how often do you have volunteer training meetings? We’ve been thrilled hearing reports (and seeing Instagrams) of youth workers using DYM’s video training for volunteers, and it made us wonder how often you’re getting together. Vote now!

JG

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POLL: Which of these have you taught on in the past 12 months?

In that past year which of these subjects have you addressed in your youth ministry? (choose all that apply)

I’ve tried to put together a lengthy list of possible topics in youth ministry and was hoping you would quick rundown the list and check all of the ones you’ve covered in the past year. I try to take a similar survey every year, adding and subtracting a few topics and identifying trends. Thanks for voting!

JG

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POLL: Do you do a Winter Retreat?

We got back just yesterday from our Winter Retreat and made me think of a quick and easy poll question for this week! Do you go on a winter retreat with your students?

JG

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POLL: Youth Workers and Alcohol

From time to time I talk to youth workers who are frustrated by their church’s position on alcohol and drinking. Some don’t have a policy, others have one that is strict and some have no policy at all. At our church, we have a strict no-drinking policy for those of us on staff.

As for me personally, alcohol has never been a part of my life. I’ve worked at a church since I was 21, and both of the churches I’ve served at had a no drinking standard. I’ve never had a drink in my life! But, I understand the tension some youth workers feel with their church. It inspired this week’s poll – vote now and check all that apply! Very interested in the results!

JG

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POLL: Teens from Broken Homes

Was talking to the leader of our women’s ministry this morning and she asked me about the percentage of students we minister to from broken homes. It feels on the rise from her perspective, and it inspired today’s poll question for youth workers: what percentage of your ministry is from broken homes? Vote now!

JG

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POLL: How Do You Watch the Superbowl?

For years we hosted our youth group party at one of our volunteer’s house and packed it with students to watch the big game. We watched most of the commercials and skipped the halftime show. How do you watch the Superbowl? Vote now in today’s poll!

JG

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POLL: Do You Have An Outlet?

I have the privilege of speaking with quite a few youth workers every week – and usually have some very insightful conversations during an event like this past weekend’s Youth Specialties Team Training event. I hear all the time the frustrations and pains of youth workers – I’ve felt the same way at times so I get it – but it inspired today’s youth ministry poll question: do you have an outlet? Do you have a safe person to dialogue, process and speak freely with? Would love to know in this week’s poll!

JG

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POLL: To Fundraise or Not to Fundraise, That is the Question

What percentage of your ministry is supported by fundraisers? Vote now!

JG

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POLL: When is the Best Time for Serve Trips?

This Spring we’re forgoing our tradition Spring Break mission trip to go on a shorter trip over a holiday weekend. I hope the gamble pays off! Our primary motivation for changing was we serve 2 different school districts with our youth group and this year they have very different calendars. Made me wonder when you’ve found is the best time for a serve trip with your students! Vote now!

JG

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POLL: Youth Ministry Mistakes in the Past Year

Been spending some time reflecting on 2013 – the good, the bad and the ugly. It was a good time, but also inspired this week’s poll question. As YOU reflect on the past year, where did you mess up?

JG

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POLL: Why Types of Internships Do You Offer?

We’re in the thick of processing applications for our summer intern program and it made me wonder who else out there offers youth ministry internships. Vote now either way, and be sure to check out this DYM resource for starting an internship program, too!

JG

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POLL: When Does Your Church Fiscal Year End?

Was talking this week to a friend who’s youth group budget (he’s fortunate enough to even have one!) is about to run out Dec 31st. The church where I serve now uses a June 30th fiscal year ending, and did some research into when most church’s fiscal year ends. Thought I should also throw it out there and see when yours ends, and if there’s an advantage either way. Vote now!

JG

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