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How To Deal With Difficult Coworkers

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If you get along with all of your coworkers there is no need to read this. But, if there is someone who annoys you or drives you nuts then take assurance that you are normal. Even in church world we encounter difficult coworkers.

But, how do you deal with them? We’re all supposed to be Christians and fighting for the same thing, but that’s not always the case because there are people who: Read More

What To Do When You Have A Full Plate

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Every Thanksgiving I tell myself, “I’m not going to overload my plate.” I don’t want to do it because I know I’ll feel lethargic and totally useless.

In ministry the same thing happens when we overload our schedules and to-do lists. When we overload our plates we end up tiring ourselves out and become totally ineffective. If you are tired of that then you need to: Read More

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How To Deal With Conflict Before It Happens

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When you have a problem with a coworker how do you handle it? Do you ignore it, or fight back? While you can’t avoid it, how you deal with it before it happens matters.

Conflict in Youth Ministry

You can’t always predict conflict but there are behaviors and circumstances that cultivate it. To prevent big blow ups and ugly tension forming it’s important to:  Read More

Do You Want Youth Ministry To Have A Bigger Influence On The Church? Here’s Your Plan

By | LEADERSHIP, MINISTRY HEALTH

Who’s had a huge influence on your life? Was it a parent or a teacher?Is it your child or maybe a teen in your ministry? If age doesn’t matter when it comes to influence then why do churches tend to separate them with certain programming?

Too often youth ministry can be seen as a burden to a church, when really it’s an opportunity to impact every generation. Recently I was listening to an interview with leadership guru, Ken Blanchard (You can listen to that interview HERE) where he discussed the power of cross generational mentoring. Instead of a young person only learning from someone older, it’s an opportunity  Read More

Do You Really Value The Teenagers Who Come To Your Ministry?

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I once had a teen ask me, “Did you send me a birthday card?” I was excited by her question, we had just started sending birthday cards through our hospitality team for our high school program. I told her we had sent the card and she said, “Thanks, it really meant a lot.

Sometimes the smallest gestures have the biggest impact. When it comes to valuing a teenager’s time and presence the small steps add up. If we want teenagers not only coming back each week but choosing the youth ministry over other activities we have to show them value.

So, how do you show teenagers value? Here are 4 signs that you are on the right track: Read More

How To Avoid Burning Out

By | LEADERSHIP, MINISTRY HEALTH, SPIRITUAL HEALTH

Youth ministry is a nonstop machine that continuously demands a lot. Parents want you to help them reach their kids, teens need someone to hear them and then there are all those duties assigned by the pastor.

It’s a lot of work, but it can be a lot of fun. The problem is when the fun runs out. Instead of being a joyful leader you find yourself longing for the grind to stop. The temptation is to blame others when the reality is that your: Read More

What A Youth Ministry With Involved Parents Should Look Like

By | MINISTRY HEALTH

Youth ministry would be easier if we didn’t have to deal with parents, right? Then again there wouldn’t be youth ministry without them. While you can continue to look at them like a third wheel to your ministry groove, the reality is they are the people you need to take it to the next level.

Parents are an untapped and underutilized resource for youth ministers. In fact, three signs of a healthy youth ministry are where parents: Read More