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

By | COMMUNICATION, Uncategorized | One Comment

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

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

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 Handle Middle School Students Without Going Crazy


Why is middle school youth ministry such an after thought? It basically boils down to these two reasons:

1. You hated your own middle school years and don’t want to relive it.

2. Middle school students seem like unruly, hormone driven animals and who wants that?

It’s also the perfect opportunity to grow a healthy youth ministry. Unfortunately, it scares most of us, but it doesn’t have to. If you want to do middle school youth ministry right, then you need to start:

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Introducing The Church Podcast

By | LEADERSHIP, Uncategorized

It’s hard to change a culture when you are in midst of ministry. No matter how hard you try nothing seems to work. When this happens it’s usually because we’re too much in the weeds.

I know when I’ve felt this way it’s because I’m doing too much. Instead of working harder I need to take a step back, reconnect with God and think bigger. That’s why I’m happy to introduce  Read More

What Are The Top 3 Things You Wish You Had Known Before You Got Into Youth Ministry?

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Last week in Dallas I sat down with a group called the Catholic Youth Ministry Innovators to answer the question, What do youth ministers in their first 3 years of ministry need?”

The purpose of this group is to equip men and women serving in the trenches of youth ministry. As we sat down to answer this question another one emerged from Michael Marchand of Project YM: Read More

What To Do When You Don’t Have Enough Volunteers To Run The Ministry You Want


I was recently speaking at a conference about building a team of dynamic volunteers when someone asked, “What do I do if I can’t get adults to serve as leaders in my youth ministry?”

It’s actually a question that I get often. It’s something that’s happened to me several times. When you don’t have the people to run the ministry you want then it’s time to Read More