Somewhat Out of Control

A Youth Pastor Shares His Story About How Sexual Sin Ruined His Life, Family and Ministry BY ANONYMOUS “We need to talk.” These were the four most frightening words anyone could say to me. The questions would fly through my mind: “What did they...

Hispanic Teens and the Sexual Dilemma

BY LARRY ACOSTA, MARY ARIAS, AND CLAUDIA RAMOS The issue of teen sexuality in our Latino community has been one that is both culturally and spiritually difficult to deal with as church leaders. Our teens need positive role models who will talk honestly with them about...

Pastor Gadget

BY MAX TORRES Early on in ministry, I remember sitting in meetings and watching effective leaders writing in their detailed, page-per-day calendars. I wish somebody would have asked me, “So how do you schedule your days?” I wasted so much time! Effective...

Una Reunión Dinámica Juvenil

BY JEFFREY DE LEON Cómo puedo programar para ganar? Existen ciertos ingredientes que debemos considerar para que nuestras reuniones juveniles sean mas dinámicas y efectivas. Quiero sugerirte algunas ideas que pueden ayudarte a desarrollar una reunion juvenil dinámica....

Being Single in Ministry

BY SONNY ARGUINZONI, JR. Nearing the twenty-first century, we are faced with the harsh reality that although our world is advancing in many ways, it is also experiencing a steady decline in social values. It is important as a single youth leader to stay in touch with...

Is Daddy On That Avión?

BY NICK AND SANDRA GARZA “Avion mami, avion!” “Is Daddy on that plane?” “Are we going to get him at the airport today?” This repetition of my son’s words, as told by my wife, reminded me about a son’s need to spend time...

From the Editor

Recently I was refreshed by the message of a Sprite commercial. It said, “Image is nothing, thirst is everything – obey your thirst.” For me, the refreshing part of the commercial was that the marketing company was actually challenging the value of...

Pastor Gadget

BY MAX TORRES In the society we live in today, we always seem to be human doings instead of human beings. So what’s the answer to this dilemma, you might ask? Get another gadget! YOU NEED A COMPUTER! Think of what you could do: – Type your sermon notes...

Influencing the Influencers

BY LARRY ACOSTA THE HISPANIC MINISTRY CENTER HOSTS THE NATIONAL HISPANIC YOUTH WORKERS SUMMIT Leadership seems to be the buzz word of the 90’s. Ministries and organizations seem to rise and fall based on leadership. We at the Hispanic Ministry Center believe...

Hispanic Youth Ministry and the Philadelphia Project

BY RUBEN ORTIZ Hispanic Youth Ministry Getting a bunch of Hispanic youth workers together (outside of a wedding or funeral) is almost an impossible task. But when we finally managed to get it done here in the city of brotherly love, some great things happened. The...