group magazine: January-February, 2006
I love your magazine and use it a lot for ideas for the youth program. You guys rock.
My husband and I work as the adult leader coaches in our youth group. I save all my copies of group Magazine as resources…My husband serves on the board of elders at our church, and they’re currently reviewing salaries and job descriptions, so the salary survey (“2005 Youth Ministry Salary Survey,” November/December) was the first section we looked at when the magazine arrived...Your magazine is a terrific resource to help us be better leaders to carry the good news of Jesus Christ.
Prior Lake, Minnesota
I think the information provided is very helpful...However, I found the cover design that went along with it rather distasteful. I don’t think publishing pictures of youth workers and their salary is really appropriate...The article I loved was “Jesus-Style Mentoring” (“Youth Ministry by the Num83r5”). Currently I’m working on developing a more relational approach to the ministry I’m serving
in...so thank you for this great article.
After reading the salary survey, I was wishing that you could just write an article that says all youth pastors make $90,000 and some make into the six figures. You could list some amazing benefits packages and retirement stipends. Then I could show that to my executive pastor. Just do what all pastors do and inflate the numbers. Help a buddy out!!
Santa Ana, California
Guys and Girls
You recently told “Amy” to have guy stuff for the girls in her youth group (“Ask Dr. Youth,” September/October 2005). You mentioned that it sounded “sexist”—and I totally agree. A congregation I formerly served did things like paintball and rock-climbing, and the guys enjoyed it, and a few brave girls joined in the fun—but there was a struggle to include girls...Balance is key. Guys need to be exposed to girls and their ideas, and girls need to hear what boys struggle with in their faith as well...My advice to Amy would be to find a male (a dad, maybe) to join her in leading ministry. Young women need to relate to adult males...and young men need contact with adult females...This gives two caring adults who will love and care for the youth.
I love your magazine. It’s been priceless in my ministry. However, the thing that’s recently ignited my youth group stems from an ad in your magazine. I just got back from Dare2Share’s Revolution event, which was held in Charlotte, North Carolina...The hundreds of dollars we spent on gas and food was well worth it. Greg Stier and Jose Zayas are powerful and motivating
speakers...They didn’t rely on emotional pleas like so many conferences do, but preached the Word, and as a result it transformed the lives of many of my students. Words can’t express how grateful I am to Dare2Share. My students finally get it and want to share their faith—and recognize the urgency to do so.
Candor, New York