What Being Lost In The Woods Taught Me About Being A Leader

I had five minutes to meet everyone at the beach with no clue how to get back.  I had told people if I did not return after an hour to start considering looking for me.  

It was my first time in Acadia National Park.  I had been taken in by the scene a little too long.  With no idea what path to take I finally found blue markers.  I focused on the path and made my way back to family.  In the end I was only five minutes late.

As a leader you are going to find ourselves out of our elements.  My situation was not life and death; however, it did give me time to reflect on 3 leadership principles.  Basically as a leader:

Taking A Little Break

Taking a little break today from posting.  Right now I’m working on a few exciting thing with this site, I’m hoping to reveal them to you in the next week.  In the meantime feel free to check out the hundreds of posts on this blog.

Peace and God Bless,

Christopher Wesley

Courtesy of The Culture Studio

Courtesy of The Culture Studio

Sometimes you need to lean into the fear and take on the big opportunities.  How would your ministry look different if you weren’t afraid?  

  • Name Your Fears
  • Write Down Your Goals
  • Trust God

What are you desiring to take on?

How To Truly Last In Youth Ministry

At the end of a long day I just need to unwind.  My job is filled with many rewards; however, there can be times I just want to mail it in.  One of the ways I release the tension is through music (Especially with songs like Hold On by The Gospel Whiskey Runners).  It’s one of the small things I do to help me last in youth ministry.  

Youth ministry is like a marathon.  It’s a journey filled with challenges and moments when you ask, “Why am I still doing this?”  It can be brutal because of the emotional and spiritual battles that take place.  While youth ministry is grueling it’s still rewarding.

To stick around and witness those rewards you need to know how to last in youth ministry.  That means doing a few small things and not neglecting the essentials.  To last in youth ministry you need to: