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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

JG

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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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