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COMMUNICATION

Stop, Collaborate And Get Results: 3 Steps To Effectively Brainstorm With Your Volunteers

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You finally get people to show up to your planning meeting. You are ready to take the ministry to the next level. But, you’re nervous.

Your nervous because you are afraid it’s not going to be helpful. You’ve tried this before, you’ve tried gathering a group of people to share ideas and collaborate only to discover  Read More

Why Your Ministry Needs A Weekly Webshow

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People are watching more video (Check out the stats here) which begs the question, “How does that impact your ministry?”

Video is a highly effective method of communication. People are visual and it’s something you can access on the go.

For the past two months my coworker Amy and I have been using video via Facebook Live to communicate to parents. What originally started as an experiment has become something bigger. We’ve learned through this webshow that:
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How To Be Heard Above All The Noise

By | COMMUNICATION

As a communicator nothing is more discouraging than a disengaged audience. While it’s easy to blame the audience the truth is that the speaker owns the moment.

Distractions and noise are a part of every day life. To communicate with a fully focused audience is a rare occasion. If you want to be heard above the noise you need to: Read More

Are You Suffering From Email Overload?

By | COMMUNICATION

I go back and forth whether or not to eliminate email from my phone. It’s a distraction from family and rest, but a necessary form of communication. Where do you fall?

No matter the decision it’s important to set rules around your email use. If you don’t you’ll find yourself struggling to get any REAL work done. To be more productive with your inbox start: Read More

Why No One Signs Up For Your Events

By | COMMUNICATION

You announce registration is open for camp, you can’t wait to see who signs up. But, no one does. A couple of weeks pass by and still no one. Panic sets in and you start to wonder, “What’s going on?”

Whenever I talk to a client about this situation I ask them, “What’s your communication strategy?” Most people don’t have one and that’s the reason no one responds. If you want people responding to your invitations, and announcements you need to: Read More

How To Pick The Right Curriculum For Your Ministry

By | COMMUNICATION

Something a lot of youth ministers stress over is content.  And nothing is more frustrating than spending money and time on content that teens won’t embrace.

Picking the right content takes more than an online search or purchasing the latest release.  To pick the right content for your ministry you need to: Read More

How Writing Will Improve Your Youth Ministry

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If you aren’t a good writer your ministry will suffer.  I know that might sound odd considering youth ministry is very relational and writing doesn’t seem to mesh with that, but it’s true.

Writing is a skill that every youth minister needs to develop.  It’s not only an investment in yourself but in your ministry.  And that’s because the more you write: Read More

Master Social Media In Your Ministry

By | COMMUNICATION, Uncategorized

Social media isn’t going anywhere and it’s constantly changing.  Even for those of us who love social media using it in a ministry context can be overwhelming.   We often struggle with the question: “How should we use it?”

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The answer to that question depends on who you are trying to reach, what you are trying to accomplish and what platforms you decide to use.  No matter how you use it it’s important to be intentional about it and: Read More

How To Get Uninterested Adults Serving The Next Generation

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When I ask youth ministers what’s one of the biggest challenges they face most of them say, “RECRUITING ADULTS TO SERVE.” Some of them sound so disheartened and ask me, “How do you get people who are uninterested involved?”

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Recruiting volunteers takes work, but it’s not impossible work.  In fact the process of recruiting can actually be fruitful.  Not only will you build up your team, but learn a lot about your ministry.  To get uninterested adults involved in your ministry you need to: Read More