FREE Q and A Webinar from with Dr. Jim Burns!

Don’t miss this!!! Share this with your parents!!!! Our friends from are doing another FREE Webinar!

Dr. Jim Burns leads a free Q and A webinar on Tuesday, March 19 at 2 pm (central) It’s a chance for you to ask your questions about parenting teens… register here: 

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Part 4: FREE Training Video: Partnering with Parents in Youth Ministry – Dealing with Angry Parents

I remember the first time a parent called and yelled at me.  No I mean literally,  came through the phone and almost strangled me.  It threw me off guard and I had no real idea on how to respond.  This video walks us through the process of how to deal well with that angry parent and how to reach out to them with integrity.

Here’s our final video this week. To check out the rest of these videos and more, go to our


Talking to Angry Parents Discussion Notes

  • What is one thing you can do to diffuse an angry parent?
  • How can your team get involved with talking to parents when they get angry?


Part 3: FREE Training Videos: Partnering with Parents in Youth Ministry – Conversations…

Our post today involves two videos.  For some of us having a conversation with parents is easy.  However,  if you have students who come and their parents do not attend your church,  have you thought about how to start a relationship with parents?  Sure “cold” communication is easy.  Send an email, or have a passing conversation asking a parent for something gets us what we need.  However, if we are genuinely having a “partnering” mentality we are opening the conversation to ask the parent what THEY need.  Even if these conversation ideas seem simple to you, take the time to share them with your team.  I have found,  training my team,  is often reminding them of simplicity they already know.

Take the time to wrestle with ideas of how to open dialogue with EVERY parent in your group.  While both videos start the same, they do have a slightly different piece of information. Watch them with your team and use them as a training opportunity. It’s our gift free to you!


Here’s the second video: 

First Conversations WIth Parent Discussion Notes (click here)
  • Who is one parent you have never talked with you could reach out to this week?
  • How are some ways your whole team can start talking to parents in your group?
  • How can you have an attitude of partnering with all parents?  How could that happen?


FREE Training Video – Part 2: Partnering with Parents in Youth Ministry

In our previous post, I gave my first thoughts in thinking about youth ministry paradigm differently when partnering with parents. Today, we look at what it truly means to care about the family as God cares about the family… After the video is a downloadable worksheet for you and / or your team to work through. There’s also some questions below the video too.

Caring for the Whole Family:

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Partnering with Parents in Youth Ministry: FREE Training Video – Part 1: First Thoughts

Today, is the first of 4 videos focused on partnering with parents in youth ministry. These short videos are a free resource for you and your team to watch.

Below the video is a downloadable worksheet with discussion questions and ideas to talk about about. In addition, below that, there’s a short post to give you even more to think about…

4 video posts = 4 days of free training for you and your team. Enjoy!

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Please Pray for Veteran Youth Worker and Friend, Byron Porisch

Twelve years ago a veteran youth worker took a chance on a young inexperienced British guy and asked him to come and work and study youth ministry in Ann Arbor, MI. My life has forever changed because someone saw potential in me. Today, I would like to ask you to pray for the guy who gave me a start in youth ministry.

Byron Porisch

Recently, he has been diagnosed with Glioblastoma multiforme, which is a form of cancer represented by tumors in the brain. While Byron has great peace in all of this, I would ask you to pray for him and his family as they navigate through many new challenges.

Byron is the kind of guy who is Kingdom minded and there are so many youth workers in fulltime ministry today who came through under Byron’s leadership. He’s invested so much into 30+ years of ministry, let’s invest time to pray for him…

Here’s a video I posted on . You can like the page too, and stay up to date on how he is doing. Most of all, please pray for him and his family. Write a note on the wall and let them know where you are from. (They have a prayer map going… It’s pretty awesome).

Thanks for listening… Thanks for praying…


FREE Easter Lessons And Devotions For Your Students!

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My good friends at youthministry360 have just launched another round of free resources, just in time for Easter!

They’re giving away three different Easter Bible study lessons, PLUS a set of 10-day Easter devotions for your students. It’s solid stuff that will help your teenagers prepare their hearts and minds for Easter. Easter is such a powerful time for Christ-followers. These tools will help you lead students to both reflect on and celebrate Christ’s death and resurrection.

To download these free resources, head on over to the ym360 Easter Vault at .

Enjoy and feel free to spread the Easter Love!

Phil <><


A New Job Description For Veteran Volunteer Youth Workers?

Just last night I chatted to Marve and Maryann. They are two incredible youth workers who have been volunteering for nearly 20 years in youth ministry! How awesome is that? However, a trend that I often see with veteran volunteers is that they think they have a ‘sell by’ or ‘best before’ date in youth ministry… If you speak to Marve and Maryann, you don’t get that sense… Why is that?

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SYMC 2013 – Looking Through The Lens Of A Trainer

I was at SYMC last weekend and I had the privilege to be one of the many trainers / presenters there. Here’s my take on the conference:

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I always like to come a day or two early to the Simply Youth Ministry Conference just for the purpose of serving by being part of the set-up team.  SYMC is led behind the scenes by some amazing staff and truly dedicated volunteers and,  I love to be a part of it.

My first day on site, everyone else had headed out to lunch, when a college age youth intern passed by.  As I focused on alphabetizing some papers we talked of ministry, his heart for the Lord, and his excitement at getting to serve a well-known youth min veteran as a “room host” this weekend.  (They’re the volunteers who make sure speakers have everything they need.) We had a great short talk, and I assured him that he was not “bothering me” as I multi-tasked.  It made me laugh out loud when I ran into the same young man later in the weekend and was told that my knowledge base intimidated him a little:

“I wanted to pick your brain, however,  everyone wants to talk to you,”   he told me. LOL!

When the conference “kicks” in I have the honor of taking on another role,  sharing my opinions, thoughts, reflections, mistakes and practical tips as a trainer in workshops and such.  It always amazes me that people show up when there are so many other great options.  What I loved about my college-aged friend was his willingness to learn and grow.  I was glad someone told him,  “She will take the time for you, go find her.” Continue Reading…

3 Reasons Why I Loved SYMC 2013

If you followed me over the weekend you could not escape the fact that I was at The Simply Youth Ministry Conference! If you have been reading this blog for a while, you know I am huge fan of the conference and also part of the IT3 Team, (The ‘In the Trenches’ Team who helped to design and pull of the conference).SYMC 2014

Here are 3 reasons from this years conference as to why I am deeply committed to going as a participant, as well as being invested in creating the conference with other youth workers: Continue Reading…

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