4 Principles To Help You Move People To Action

Remember when communicating was simple?  If you wanted teens to come to an event you sent home a flyer.  If you wanted people to join your volunteer team you shot them an email.  Sadly, those days are long gone.

To get people to move and accept an invitation takes more than an email.  It takes a strategy, but it doesn’t have to be complicated.  If you want to recruit more volunteers, invite more teens and get people on board with your vision you need to:

Rebuilding Your Message

What You Say and How You Say It Matters

It doesn’t matter if you are staff, volunteer or parishioner at your local church.  It doesn’t matter if you are full time or part time, we all have a responsibility to communicate effectively.  The question you need to answer is, “Am I being effective?”

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The message matters and how you communicate it is just as important.  In their new book REBUILDING YOUR MESSAGE (Ave Maria 2015) coauthors Pastor Michael White and Tom Corcoran challenge us to look at the:

5 Tips To Make Your Messages Engaging

Teenagers aren’t going to learn if you just hand them a book and say, “Read”.  They need someone to speak into their lives and give them a message that will inspire, motivate, encourage and challenge them.

Your youth ministry is a place where that message needs to be delivered.  But, it’s more than just getting up on a stage and talking.  Your message needs to be relevant and engaging.  To do that you need to:

5 Ways To Come Alongside Of Parents

Parents used to scare me.  I used to think they were out to get me because many interactions were filled with criticism, disappointment and stress.

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It’s taken me years of ministry and having kids of my own to realize that parent’s are not looking to pick a fight.  Instead they are looking for assistance, insight and guidance when it comes to their own teenager.  As youth ministers we need to come alongside of parents by:

5 Steps To Healthy And Fun Youth Ministry

I’m someone who loves to laugh and have a good time.  I’m also someone who doesn’t like to waste time.  If I’m ever in that situation the first question that pops into my mind is, “Why are we doing this?”  

The question comes from a need of purpose.  And in youth ministry it’s easy to do a ton of things that have no purpose, including fun.

Now fun does belong in youth ministry.  In fact it’s an important part of reaching out to teenagers and growing disciples because it can: