What Do I Do If My Pastor Is Not On Board?

One of the most frequent questions my coworkers and I get asked is, “What do I do if my pastor is not on board?”  At the same time I know our pastor has received a similar question, “What do I do if my staff is not on board?”  The answer is simple:

TAKE OWNERSHIP 

Again, it’s simple, but not necessarily easy.  Nonetheless staff unity is a problem way to important to ignore. If you do not have staff unity you not only limit the growth of your ministry, but put in jeopardy the health of your church.  So, what can one person do?

What To Do When Teenagers Stop Showing Up

No one had shown up to their small group.  I could tell morale for these leaders were at an all time low.  No one likes to feel like a failure.  The truth is that life happens.  And there are many reasons teens will stop showing up.

Whatever you do, do NOT assume there is only one reason to why they won’t show.  When you assume you start creating scapegoats which alleviate responsibility from your shoulders.  When teens stop showing up or have missed for a while you need to:

How To Improve Your Ministry’s Environment

I’ll be honest.  I have youth ministry environment envy.  Whenever I walk into another person’t youth space I think, “Man, why can’t I have that?”  We share our space with a variety of groups.  It’s been working, but I still dream of the day we have our own.

Fortunately you don’t need your own space to have an irresistible environment.  Whether you share or are confined to the catacombs of your church your environments can have a positive impact on your ministry.  To have the right environment you just need to:

The Secret To Growing Your Numbers

It was a difficult time. A year had gone by and the same 6 teens from the student band were the only ones coming every week to our student program. I felt like a failure. I remember sitting down with my pastor, waiting for him to say, “You’re done.” Instead he told me the biggest secret to growing a ministry:

5 Steps To Producing Disciples

It breaks my heart when I learn about a former student that has walked away from the church. Questions of, “How did this happen?” and “What could I have done better?” race through my mind. It’s a fear many churches and youth ministers face.  No one wants to see teens Graduate Their Faith when they Graduate High School.

While there is no magic bullet you can fight the trend by creating a system that grows disciples. That system begins with: