VY Blog

Written by vineyard youth workers,

for vineyard youth workers.

Leading Teens Through a Prayer Walk Step By Step

When Christians say they participate in prayer walks this can bring up an array of interpretations in one’s mind. Prayer walks can be personal experiences between the individual or it can happen in group. Personally, every time I take my dog for a walk around the...

Three ways to gauge your spiritual health

I have found that knowing yourself is the most important aspect of soul care. Aristotle once said, “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” The relationship you have with yourself is equally important to your relationship with God. You are the only one that...

Switching Gears to Make to Room for Growth

I landed my first job as a Youth Pastor when I was twenty-two years old feeling full of confidence and aspirations. I took youth ministry classes, did a training program, went to seminary, and had been serving in church leadership roles for a while. Out of the many...

Tenacious Pursuit

Do you know any young adults in your church (or maybe you are one!) who are craving authentic Christian community, and looking for an opportunity for discipleship, growth and spiritual formation? They (you) are invited to Tenacious Pursuit, a leadership bootcamp...

Finding Devotions in Every Day

When I was a teenager, I used to think it was lame when Christians said they had to do their morning devotions. I thought it made God sound like a mean and boring history teacher making Christians do homework. Devotions were explained to me as the way to connect with...

YP FAIL: Cultivating A Culture of Growth

When I first started out in youth ministry, I had a deep desire to see young people realize their gifts and grow in those giftings. As a worship leader who myself ‘got in the game’ at an early age, I wanted to see students come alive with the call God had placed on...

The Challenge of Leading Your Own Kids

This is probably the hardest article for me to write as it pokes at a pain that runs deeper than anything I have encountered as a youth leader. The problem: My children in youth group are the kids that are the hardest to lead and those that I fear I am failing. As I...

Following Well and Why It Matters

I spent about 6 years as a volunteer in youth ministry before I became a Youth Pastor. During that time, I found myself waiting, not so patiently, for my opportunity to lead. I began to feel a growing call to ministry, specifically youth ministry, and I wanted to lead...

Leading Yourself to Lead Others Well

Leading is hard. There’s no question about that. And leading a youth ministry is on a whole new level. Volunteers, tireless middle schoolers, sarcastic high schoolers, events, games, sermons, calendaring, budgeting… it never ends. And if you’re anything like me, you...