7 Common Traits Of A Leader

I grew up only a few minutes away from George Washington’s Headquarters in Morristown, NJ.  I enjoyed the legend the came with this great leader.  Whether it was crossing the Delaware to surprise the Brits or delivering an ultimatum to the French in the French and Indian War.

While youth ministry might not require you to lead a group of teens across a freezing river in the dead of winter, it will present some leadership moments.  

If you want to be a leader that people will follow and trust, then you need to embrace certain traits.  For example leaders:

Why The Type Of Network You Are A Part Of Matters

Every year our church hosts the Matter Conference and one thing we encourage is networking.  The problem that many people face is not knowing who to network with.      

If you network with the right people it will help you. You network with the wrong people it could pull you down.  Networking is necessary; but, it’s not always easy.  Some of the reasons we don’t network are because:

Pre-order Today: Rebuilding Youth Ministry

Youth ministry is not at the top of the priority list for many churches.  While this is sad it’s not surprising. Too often youth ministry is portrayed as adolescence babysitting filled with pizza and ping pong.  But, youth ministry is more.

Courtesy of Ave Maria Press

Courtesy of Ave Maria Press

An effective youth ministry can bring any parish to an entirely new level. By focusing in on the next generation you not only create a place for teens to grow in their relationship with Christ, but you give the parish new life.  It’s the next generation that inspires and motivates the local church to grow. (more…)

4 Tricks We Play On Ourselves As Leaders

As a kid I remember the excitement of going door to door on Halloween yelling, “Trick or Treat“.  Each time I got candy.  I never had to trick someone.  And, honestly I didn’t want to.  I didn’t have time for tricks.  

As a youth minister I still don’t have time for tricks.  But, I often find myself believing the lies and pressures that come with youth ministry.  In fact all youth ministers face the same pressures.  While each of them are unique if you fall for them it’ll put your ministry in danger.

Four tricks that take away the sweetness of youth ministry are:

What a Cup of Coffee Taught Me About Patience

Last week I was in the midwest for a speaking engagement. Afterwards I met up with a friend who lived nearby for a cup of coffee. As we were placing our orders the barista just started engaging in conversation with us. Not really a problem with the exception that there was a line behind us.  But, what surprised me was how patient everyone was.

I was almost embarrassed that this barista was slowing down the line.  My friend and I talked about it and he said, “That’s just the culture around here.”

It’s amazing how impatient we can be as youth ministers. We instantly want: