13 One Line Youth Ministry Lessons

A huge thanks to Ricky Spindler and Greg Groves for presenting at the 2011 Well For Youth Workers.  Here are some of the one line notes from their presentations for youth ministry leaders: 

:: from twitter.com/harvestteam

“You’re the main cultural architect for your team and ministry.”

“Relationships rule in youth ministry.”

“It takes five years to develop a culture of small groups in your youth ministry.”

“Want to do a big free event? Plan ahead, be creative, share the vision. Money and creativity will follow vision.”

“The greatest killer of creativity is procrastination.”

“Best kept secret of youth ministry: follow up. Follow up with friends guests, and people who come into your ministry.”

“Integrity is not a destination, it’s what you live each day.”

“When you put your relationship with Jesus on auto pilot, you lose the freshness.”

“Don’t isolate students from the church body. Work to connect them to as many faithful adults as you possibly can!”

“Do few things and do them well… Fewer things to make a deeper impact.”

“The battle is won not through organization, planning, and talent, but through prayer.”

“Talking about the typical high school student schedules… And how ministry to students has to change to fit this culture.”

“Don’t stand before people on behalf of the Lord until you have stood before the Lord on behalf of the people.”


The Well is a three hour gathering for youth ministry leaders for the purpose of connecting, equipping and refreshing.  If you would like to be notified of future seminars, subsribe to the email list. You may also connect on the Illinois Youth Ministry Network. 

If you would like to consider hosting The Well, we would love to visit with you.  Please contact tim@harvestministryteams.com and we start by sending the Host Church Requirements. 

A big thanks to the 2011 hosting sites – Bethalto First, Belleville St. Matthew, Mt. Vernon Central Christian, Effingham Centenary and Springfield Cherry Hills. 

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