Category Archives: Ministry Ideas


How to Preach: When Your Gifting is Elsewhere

My Story: I was not formally trained in my early years of ministry to do much of “ministry.”  That is, I had never taken a course in public speaking, homiletics or anything else that prepared me to speak in front … Continue reading

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Top Ten things I learned from the Skitguys at SYMC

Top Ten things I learned from the Skitguys at SYMC 1)  You can fit, a smurf, giant smurfs, an oversized teenager, and luggage covered by a blue tarp into the same skit. 2)  Nothing beats having a lifelong friend. 3) … Continue reading

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Book Review: Family Driven Faith

Family Driven Faith: Doing what it takes to raise sons and daughters who walk with God.  By Voddie Baucham, Jr.   I was asked to do this review by a friend who believes this is the new wave of churches … Continue reading

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Is Loving Teens Enough?

Some people say… Loving teens is enough for youth ministry to do.  Just get there, love on them and allow the incarnation of Christ in you to work the crowd and HE will be KNOWN by your actions.  Some will … Continue reading

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Monday Morning Quarterback

View from the bleachers I sometimes play the part of a Monday Morning Quarterback.  In youth ministry, this also happens to be on Monday, after all, it is our biggest day of ministry during the week, and we also get … Continue reading

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Sabbath and Youth Ministry

Be careful to observe the Sabbath day just as the Lord your God has commanded you.  You are to work and do all your tasks in six days, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. … Continue reading

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Family Friendly Discipleship Process: Thoughts from Josh Griffin

Josh Griffin made some excellent points on reflecting on how to make youth ministry become a family inclusive discipleship ministry.  Here is an excerpt of his post: There have been some great discussions on the future of youth ministry as … Continue reading

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Take a Hike!

south_valley_color5_2007 – South Valley Trails One of the big pluses of Denver is the number of multi-use trails in the area.  Many are located in the cities of the metropolitan area, others are located in open space parks in the … Continue reading

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Reaction to: “What Teachers Really Want to Tell Parents”

Many Teacher friends of mine have posted a CNN article entitled: “What Teachers Really Want to Tell Parents.”  Ron Clark, the author highlights several influences that make Teachers want to quit, and most of these are the interactions with parents.  … Continue reading

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Product Review: Producteev

Here is a Review I wrote of Producteev, an app for all computers, and many other platforms (smartphones, iPad, etc). My Friend Phil Bell Encouraged me to write a guest post for his blog located here: http://youthworktalk.com/2011/08/23/guest-post-review-producteev-matt-murphy GUEST POST: Review … Continue reading

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