Top Ten Posts of 2016 from KYM

As 2016 comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to look back. Kindred Youth Ministry launched just a few months ago and we can’t believe how welcoming you have been!

Our hope for Kindred Youth Ministry is to build a community of people dedicated to helping one another in the sacred work of ministering to young people.

Top Ten


We know youth ministry can be hard. We believe that youth ministry is incredibly important.

We want to be a meaningful part of your ministry, supporting you with an experience of community and resources like no where else. Here you will find thoughtful dialogue around the work of ministry to include biblical studies, spiritual formation, the intersection of youth & theology, and leadership development.

We are deeply committed to youth ministry, and we want to be for you in the struggle.

This year, we have been able to post articles from youth ministry veterans we admire. Here is just a small snapshot of some of the posts you have responded to most. We hope you enjoy!

Communities, Mission, and a Shared Table

Communities-Mission-And-A-Shared-TableJeremy Penn shares with us how as youth leaders, we must begin to practice hospitality. We need to commit to take time to share the table and take the posture of one who listens and not the one who has all the answers. (Read more…)

Let’s Talk About Sex

Let's Talk About SexJoin in the conversation with Justin Forbes as he shares how the Church may speak into the lives of kids as they wrestle with what it means to both follow Jesus and grow into their sexuality. (Read more…)

Worst Youth Pastor Ever

the worst youth pastor ever“But no matter what I did, my group just wasn’t changing into the super Christians I saw at the other churches. I figured it was mostly my fault. If I was a better youth pastor, I’d be influencing these kids to become better Christians. So, under the weight of my own standards and under the pressure of what I thought was the “goal” of youth ministry, I was being worn down….” – Wes Ellis (Read more…)

The Listening Youth Leader

Listening Youth LeaderHayne Steen shares how there is nothing more nutritious to the soul than being listened to well… Listening is good for students. It’s good for you too. (Read more…)

Youth Ministry in a Post-Christian World

Youth Ministry in a Post-Christian WorldHow do we minister to a generation raised by parents who started our monumental cultural shift away from a default-Christian faith? Tyler Fuller shares some insights on Youth Ministry in a Post-Christian World. (Read more…)

Youth Ministry Games: Do We Need Them?

Do we need games?All youth need to play. We all need to play. But why? Join in on the conversation as Antonin Ficatier takes us a little bit deeper into our theological understanding of why we should keep the games! (Read more…)

Pluralism: A New Youth Ministry Imperative

Pluralism - a new youth ministry imperativeIf pluralism is not diversity alone, but the energetic engagement with diversity, how can we address pluralism within youth ministry? Rachael McNeal is asking the important questions to get the conversation going. (Read more…)

Bugattis, Disability, and Youth Ministry

BugattisZach Grant challenges us with the questions where in your youth group would young people with disabilities be welcomed? How can you begin widening the circle of young people who would be welcomed? (Read more…)

Ubuntu: An Invitation Into Full Humanity

Ubuntu - Kindred Youth Ministry“I did not know that what they were actually offering me was quite simply permission to be human…to be myself, the truest version, to lay down striving, to rest in my inherent unearned value as a son deeply loved by the Father. This is what it means to be human. To be Ubuntu.” – Hayne Steen (Read more…)

How to Think Theologically About Youth Ministry

31280_Blog Post Image_082416“To be a good youth worker is not just to know what Karl Barth’s answer would be to a practical problem, it’s being able to see what God is doing and to participate in it, inviting young people to do the same.” – Wes Ellis (Read more…)