Entries by Amy Grover

Bugattis, Disability, and Youth Ministry

Happiness from Things “A million dollars will not make you happy.” “Zach, a million dollars will buy me a Bugatti, and that will make me happy,” the youth quipped. “A Bugatti will not make you happy.” “Have you ever driven a Bugatti?” I had not. There goes my credibility. Not an auspicious beginning to my […]

From Fear to Hope:
The Yuck of Youth Ministry
Matthew 1:18-25

What If We’re Wrong? One of the most generous, most visionary, most loving, and most successful people I know in ministry has a recurring fear. Every time the ministry is about to launch something, even if it’s just launching the Sunday School year for the hundredth time, she has nightmares that no one will show […]

One Thing Every Youth Worker Desperately Needs

The Value of a Mentor You’d think as youth leaders, we would know firsthand the necessity of a mentor—someone slightly further along the path of life that we can emulate and learn from. After  all, the entire occupation of youth ministry is built upon the value of mentoring! But far too often, we spend all […]

From Fear to Hope:
Embracing Fear
Luke 1.26-56

Fear, Hope, and Politics Even after our yearly ritual of stuffing our faces and spending tons of money we don’t have on things we don’t need, many are still reeling from one of the most vitriolic political seasons in recent memory. And as we learned this campaign season, fear can still weave a powerful and […]

Let’s Talk About Sex

So I just finished a three week series for parents on faith and sexuality at a local church. I had no clue how it would go, but I was surprisingly pleased with the response! There was a room full of people who were desperate to talk about sexuality in a way that was thoughtfully grounded […]

3 Things We’re Thankful for in Youth Ministry

The three of us at Kindred Youth Ministry would like you wish you a happy Thanksgiving! We made a 2-minute video to share 3 things we’re thankful for in youth ministry. After watching, comment on the video and tell us what you’re thankful for! Happy Thanksgiving from Kindred!Happy Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for? #youthministry […]

Church vs Culture

I was a 16 year old, trained to battle the world…  I have spent a lifetime in church. I was baptized as an infant. I was the perennial second place winner of Sunday School Bible memorization. I was unflinchingly committed to my youth group, a hard-core every week kid. And sometime in 80s and 90s, […]

The Listening Youth Leader

“I won’t care about how much you know until I know how much you care.” Have you ever heard that phrase before? It is a key phrase that I heard over and over again, emphasizing the importance of listening while leading youth ministry. As I have shared in previous blog posts, I grew up in […]