79th Annual NCCL Conference

Join me on May 19th (2:15pm) in Buffalo, New York at the NCCL (National Conference for Catechetical Leadership) Conference.  I will be hosting a workshop on Rebuilding Youth Ministry where we’ll be discussing strategies to build a sustainable youth ministry, advocate for youth ministry and build a strong volunteer team.

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Date: May 19, 2015
Time: 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Event: 79th Annual NCCL Conference
Topic: Rebuilding Youth Ministry
Sponsor: National Conference for Catechetical Leadership
Venue: Buffalo Niagara Convention Center
Location: 153 Franklin Street
Buffalo, New York 14202
United States
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

There will be a book signing at the Ave Maria booth after my Tuesday presentation from 3:30pm - 4:30pm

What To Do With Disruptive Teens

It seems to always happen at the worst moment possible. You know the moment you want everyone tuned into God.  Maybe it’s during your message, or a quiet moment of prayer.  It’s during that time the disruption begins.  Teenagers.

In youth ministry there will always be disruptive teens.  The challenge of dealing with them can be overwhelming.  You don’t want to kick anyone out, but you need to make sure you protect everyone else’s experience.  Take on distractions in your ministry by:

How To Make Your Content Stick

You know what you want teens to know, but getting them to embrace it is a challenge.  Many times it’s easy to blame teens for not having the passion.  But, it might not be a passion problem you are experiencing.  Your delivery system could just stink.

Content is key and to make it stick you need a solid delivery system.  If you cannot communicate content effectively it will lose it’s authority and impact.  To communicate effectively and keep your students engaged you need to make sure you have:

6 Strategies To Keep Volunteers Long Term

Volunteers are one of the most precious resources to a youth ministry.  We know the more we have the more we can do.  The challenge is keeping them around for the long haul.

If you can get people to serve year after year it’s easier to create momentum.  People will help you see the trends and tackle the larger issues.  The question is, “How do you ask someone to stick around for years?”

If you want men and women to commit to your youth ministry year in and year out you need to:

How To Create An Effective Message Series Calendar

Last week some of our staff went off campus to develop our message series for the 2015-2016 years.  I posted a photo of it on Instagram and people asked, “What’s the process look like?”

It’s simple, but takes a little bit of work and bares a lot of fruit.  Even if you don’t have a huge staff to start putting together an effective message series calendar you need to: