How To Help Volunteers Meet Your Expectations

“How could they mess this up?”  I had sent my volunteers the link for the game, but none of them came prepared.  There I was bailing them out once again.  Then it dawned on me, “I don’t think I told them to do anything more than check the link out.”  

It is frustrating when it feels like your volunteers are just not getting it.  You think about all the reasons why they aren’t meeting expectations, when the reality the reason could be you.  Before you blame your volunteers for being incompetent, complacent or disloyal, ask yourself whether or not you have:

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

6 Actions To Get Teens Coming Back

I used to have that awkward encounter where I would run into a teen that had not shown up to our ministry for a while.  You know that one that used to come every week and then stopped.  You say, “Hey, how’s it going?” when you really want to ask them, “Why haven’t you been coming back?”

The reality is that each teen is facing obstacles, and temptations preventing them from coming back.  While some of the reasons are out of your control, there are 6 action steps you can take to make sure more teens are coming back.  They are:

8 Practices To Increase The Quality Of Your Speaking

I have no problems talking.  I could go on and on.  That’s part of being an ENFP (Extrovert, iNtuitive, Feeling and Perception).  I never needed practice, or least I thought.  Early on I was losing people left and right.

Speaking is an important part of youth ministry.  You need to be able to speak in front of parents, volunteers and of course teenagers.  If you communicate clearly you can mobilize the next generation.  

To improve upon the quality of your speaking you need to have a few best practices.  Does not matter if you are naturally gifted.  What makes a great speaker is someone who puts time, and attention behind what they do.  

8 practices that are essential to increasing the quality of your messages are:

What Missing A Blog Post Taught Me About Ministry

Woke up on Memorial Day and thought to myself, “Not today.”  It’s unusual for me to miss a post.  It wasn’t that I was too busy or did not have the opportunity.  I just wanted a break.

If you are a faithful reader there is no reason to worry.  After all:

  • It was a holiday weekend.
  • There is plenty of great content to go back and read (and horrible stuff to laugh at)
  • You shouldn’t be on your mobile device or desktop reading a blog post on a holiday anyway.

Ok, enough excuses.  In all seriousness I wanted a break because I wanted to make sure I could.  Sometimes the things we love can become so consuming that we forget why we love them.  By taking a break from blogging I realized: