Mike McGarry

Mike McGarry is the Director of Youth Pastor Theologian, has served as a Youth Pastor for 18 years in Massachusetts, and has two youth group aged kids at home. He earned his D.Min. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and has published three books – most recently, “Discover: Questioning Your Way to Faith.” Mike is committed to training youth workers to think biblically about what youth ministry is and to training them to teach theologically with confidence. You can connect with him on social media @youththeologian.

Psy Got It from His Daddy

The video for Psy’s new song, “Daddy,” recently dropped and it’s already raking in the views on YouTube. The song is catchy and easy to dance to. It’s going to be everywhere – from our students’ headphones, to…

Is Youth Ministry Really “New” to the Church?

This is the second article in our series, “Justifying the Need for Youth Ministry.” There is a small but vocal camp in the church that does not think youth ministry should exist. They believe that age-specific ministry has…

Should the Youth Pastor Disciple Parents?

A Follow Up to Jonathan Mansur’s “Four Types of Involvement in Parent Ministry” Youth ministry has had a shaky relationship with parents. For far too long, the stereotype of youth ministry has consisted of zany young adults leading…

Which Matters Most: Form or Content?

As a youth pastor, the most important thing I do is pray for my students and their families. The next most important thing I do is teach teenagers the Word of God. Over the last year, my ministry…

Dad-vertising at the Super Bowl

I’ve always hated those commercials that show dads as the buffoons of the family. You know what I’m talking about. Dad can’t cook. He can’t change a diaper. He’s a dunce, and he can’t do anything right. Usually,…