What You Need To Do To Get Your Message Heard

I was recently asked, “What form of communication do you use to communicate with teens?”  I replied, “As many forms as possible.”  The number one mistake we all make when it comes to communicating is not doing it enough.

You could have a thought, communicate that thought and believe that everyone else now has that same thought, but that would be foolish.  To communicate effectively and make your message stick you need to:

How To Make Your Content Stick

You know what you want teens to know, but getting them to embrace it is a challenge.  Many times it’s easy to blame teens for not having the passion.  But, it might not be a passion problem you are experiencing.  Your delivery system could just stink.

Content is key and to make it stick you need a solid delivery system.  If you cannot communicate content effectively it will lose it’s authority and impact.  To communicate effectively and keep your students engaged you need to make sure you have:

Does My Youth Ministry Need A Name?

A question that I come across is, Should my youth ministry have a name?”  Our student programs (Uprising = high school; Resurrection = middle school) have names and while they do matter, it only matters if your marketing and branding is effective.

You can come up with a million names, but if you don’t communicate them correctly no one will care.  While you should take time to create an effective and catchy name you need to do more.  The more is:

Why Sharing Your Story Is So Important

Now that Rebuilding Youth Ministry is out people have asked me how it all started.  The how was simple.  I took blog posts and journal entries together.  But, the why I started writing is a whole different question.

So, why did I start writing the book?  Someone invited me to share my story.  And I accepted the invitation to share my story because of how much I’ve benefitted from the stories of fellow youth workers.  And I think it’s important for you to do the same.

I’m not suggesting that you write a book, but I think it’s important for all youth workers to share their story in some way or another because:

The Simplest Way To Get People Involved

Earlier this week I spoke on the Ave Maria Press Webinar “Rebuilding Youth Ministry In Your Parish“.  What I loved about the webinar were the amount of questions that I received from listeners.

While there were several questions that caught my attention, one stood out above the rest.  The question was: