A New Youth Ministry Imperative

Pluralism - a new youth ministry imperative

My relationship with Rabbi Mark inspired me to understand religious pluralism differently and inspired me to make interfaith dialogue and cooperation not just an important part of my career, but also an imperative part of my Christian walk. It is my hope that youth leaders and ministers also begin to see pluralism as a youth […]

Thinking Theologically About Youth Ministry

Think Theologically

Youth workers haven’t always been famous for deep theological reflection. In fact, youth ministry has been blamed by some for the bigger problem of the church’s lack of theological depth. But even though youth ministry is more famous for games like “Chubby Bunny” (which, if I’m not mistaken, has been mostly banned) and other strange […]

Ministering in the Face of Tragedy: What One Pastor Learned from Pulse

Ministering in the Face of Tragedy

“I hate the man who did this!” My daughter spoke them early in the morning as we watched the chaos of the Pulse shooting unfold on the local news station in Florida. Over a year later, those words still haunt me. I am haunted by her words because I knew that we would have to […]

Burn the Boats: Embracing Ministry Transition

This summer we made a significant move from a place I’d lived longer than any time in my life. It was not an easy decision to leave both people and careers that had been firmly established. As we listened for God’s voice in our decision we sensed being led to this new place where we […]

The Pain We Carry:
7 Strategies for Supporting Hurting Teens

The Pain We Carry

Kids, Concrete, and Care Ten years ago, while on church staff, I helped to initiate and co-lead a $4 million building program to build a state of the art youth ministry wing. One of the key aspects of the final design was a stained concrete floor. Once the building construction was underway, I eagerly anticipated […]

“Um, How Do I Pray?”

“Ms. Rachael, may I pray us out?” I looked at David blankly for a moment, a bit in shock. Never in my year of knowing him had I ever heard him ask to pray. Even more, I’ve never even heard him share any prayer requests. I wasn’t even sure if he believed in God. I […]

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 […]

Encountering God in the Stories of Others

Mike is the drummer for the praise team at our church. He’s a young guy, a teacher at the local high school, a drum line instructor, and—perhaps most importantly—a drummer in a band that plays venues up and down the Jersey Shore. Mike is cool. And the young people in our youth ministry know he’s […]

9 Ways to Cultivate Community

9 Ways to cultivate community

Is it possible to have a team that cares deeply for one another, shares life together, encourages and supports each other, and loves each other so well that ministry naturally flows out from within? That’s a tall order, but one that we should all strive to make a reality amongst the teams we work with. […]

11 Books Every Youth Leader Should Read

11 Books to Read

Every once in a while, the team from Kindred Youth Ministry wants to point out great resources available for youth workers. So, we have decided to put together a list of books we think every youth leader should read. Now, if you know me personally, you know it was challenging to keep this list short. […]