Marc Hoogstad

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Keeping Perspective While in the Trenches

I get it; you are swamped in your youth ministry work. For this reason, I'd like to suggest four ways to find, maintain, and keep perspective as you plan and implement your programs.

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Pastor of Congregational Culture: Your New Role in Youth Ministry

As a church member or leader, you have the privilege to step into the role of "Pastor of Congregational Culture." Your job description is short and simple: turn this ship with your tongue.

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Partnering With Parents: Family Resourcing

Don't misunderstand—the programs and events are good and important. But a perfect lesson simply does not have the same impact as a 10 minute faith conversation between parent and child. 

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Quiet Down: Lectio Divina in Youth Ministry

The goal seems to be bigger events, louder music, farther mission trips, deeper lesson content, messier games, and more. But what if we got quieter with our kids instead of louder?

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Who's In Your Faith Web?

Here's a great, thought provoking activity for your youth group, small group, family devotions, or even for yourself.

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Is the Current Changing?

Perhaps we need to consider that the "current" in which we are doing youth ministry is changing. As the denomination engages a new model for direction and vision our ministry will inevitably change.

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Resources: Good Teen Devotionals

“Can you recommend a good devotional for teens?” “Good” is completely subjective: a devotional that connects with one teen ends up collecting dust for another.

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Eats, Shoots and Leaves

The words we use to describe what we do has a direct relationship to how our ministry is perceived by the congregation and the people we serve.

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Doing Intergenerational vs. Being Intergenerational

If there's one buzz word about what our churches deeply desire to be, it's "intergenerational." We all know what it means, right? And we all know when we've achieved it, right? Right? As a youth pastor, as an advocate for children, youth, and young adult integration into the full life of the church, I have been asked how exactly a church becomes intergenerational. And, as with most changes, there is no simple 4 step process, no quick fix. You won't come out of an evening meeting and declare that "NOW we are an intergenerational church!" (For the sake of this discussion, I'm focusing on...
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  • Thanks Dale, very much appreciated.  I've used a variety of texts.    I've found poetry (Psalms) to be very good. And I've used the stories where Jesus is interacting one-to-one with another...

  • This one's more guitar-related.  I use Songsheet Generator - http://tenbyten.com/software/songsgen/ - to quickly and easily transpose guitar chord charts.  It's great for those times when you have...

  • Two come to mind. First, the "free" car wash. Get businesses to sponsor your car wash. Make pamphlets to advertise those businesses. When customers offer to pay, tell them its free....

  • I have to ask about the copyright and legal issues behind this.  Most of the YouTube links you have on your playlist are not from the artists' YT page, they are from fans who create lyric videos,...

  • In the key of D, the bridge is not too high.  It only goes up to a high D, which is decent for most congregations, if the song doesn't linger there.   The second chorus hits a high G (except for a...

  • For some thoughtful unpacking of the film,  have a look at Walt Mueler's blog post on it, as well as Mark Oestreicher's.  Both were in the movie (each for about 5 seconds).  Both are people I...

  • For me, "success" isn't instantaneous.  Numbers are nice, especially big numbers.  Even if you know that your students are "taking something home" after a great discussion can be considered...

  • HI Danae, I sent you a message last week.  Send me an email - marc.hoogstad@gmail.com.  We've had a combined ministry here for about 20 years. I can forward our combined ministry documents and...

  • For me, a few ideas come to mind here.  First and foremost, maybe it's not about pushing the age limit lower and lower, but rather about first addressing the issue of the council strongholds being...

  • Nice work Jason!

    Here are a few things that I've learned over the years:

    SOME STUDENTS JUST WANT TO COME OUT FOR THE FUN STUFF - and I encourage them to come to the fun stuff! I can...