Just curious to see if your 6th graders are included in your youth ministry or not – in our context right now several of the area schools have moved to middle school (that includes 6th graders) while we have remained our traditional junior high ministry (7th and 8th only). Not sure if there is a significant advantage one way or the other – would love to hear your thoughts in the comments and vote now!
Had a youth worker last week suggest this poll idea (sorry I misplaced your email – argh!) about promotion in your youth ministry. Do you promote students at the beginning of summer or at the start of a new school year? I’ve worked in ministries on both sides of the question – curious if there is a clear winner in our community here. Vote now!
This week’s poll asks a simple question: which type of phone do you have? Thanks to Jerry Varner for the poll idea – be sure to vote in the poll and then leave a comment on why you have that phone and if you’re happy with it or not!
Texting is a must. Being available is a must. We live “on call” all of the time. If you work in youth ministry you know the importance of a great cell phone. Students live on Facebook and texting, parents email and voice calling. This thought led me to the poll question of the week – does your church pay for your cell phone? At my church they’ve recently changed from paying for it outright to a stipend plan each month, either way it is an incredible benefit but also a necessary tool. Vote now!
Just an aside: in an economy like we have today, it might be hard for a church to increase salaries of their staff or even bring you on full-time. One idea to still ask for an increase might be to suggest a development account (for books, etc), more vacation time (which costs the church nothing out of pocket) or small wins like a cell phone stipend, mileage, etc.
Just curious if there is a magic price point for summer camp – I realize it will vary among us as far as how long camp is, etc. But I think just knowing the price of camp across the spectrum will be helpful. Vote in today’s poll!
Nepotism is favoritism granted to relatives regardless of merit. I was talking to a youth worker this week who was frustrated by nepotism in her church with favoritism in budget, hiring and leadership decisions. It inspired me to both post this poll and make an ask of you as well: what advise would you give a youth worker who is caught in the middle of church nepotism like this?
I’ve done youth group on different nights of the week throughout my years in youth ministry – thought it would be interesting to get a quick pulse on when you do “youth group” in your context. Vote in today’s poll!