Archives For Communication

I was jealous.  In my third year of ministry we booked a guest speaker on purity.  Everyone was engaged and into it.  I couldn’t believe it.  I would constantly struggle to get their attention.  I wondered, “What was the difference?” He spoke with authority.

It can be difficult to engage teenagers.  To compete with what is going on their lives is a challenge.  They are constantly told one thing over another and need help sorting it out.  Content is important, but it’s not the only thing.  If you do not know how to deliver your message with authority no one will listen.  

To speak with authority means to have control and command over your audience.  In other words people are fully engaged.  When they are engaged they will listen.  To speak with authority you need to: Continue Reading…

The first year we separated our Confirmation program from the regular high school ministry program numbers plummeted.  Teenagers no longer had to come, so they didn’t.  Now we had to figure out how to advertise that they GET TO COME.  

You’ve tried large events like lock-ins and ski trips.  You put a lot of effort, hoping that it creates a buzz and it might.  But, if you want healthy growth you need to know how to advertise the the importance and value your youth ministry will have in their life.  That means building a communication strategy.  To get the word out that your youth ministry is more than pizza you need to: Continue Reading…

The days are longer and Spring is trying to bust through.  This can only mean one thing…lacrosse season is here.  While there is competition to our youth ministry year round, things really don’t heat up until lacrosse season.  That means tournaments on the weekends, practices and games after school.  Our participation dwindles and it can be frustrating.

Every youth ministry is going to have competition.  It could be professional football on Sundays, after school activities or just plain busyness.  No matter what your ministry faces it can build frustration, and jealousy.  To be relevant and take on what the competition is throwing out, it’s important that you: Continue Reading…

I’m not a money guy. Meaning I don’t enjoy the budgetary side of youth ministry.  Spending the money isn’t a problem, it’s the funding part that drives me crazy.  I know what I want; however, I know I won’t always get what I want.  That’s part of the challenge of building a budget it doesn’t feel like you have 100% control over it, right?

If you want to increase the funding in your ministry then it means taking the time to make your finances a priority.  That could mean changing a few disciplines like: Continue Reading…

I couldn’t decide if I was frustrated or depressed.  Maybe I was feeling both.  Only nine parents showed up for our information meeting on Confirmation Preparation.  It was one of those moments where I wondered, “Do I really need parents, to make my ministry go?”

The answer should be an obvious, “Yes.” Parents seem to be a topic of frustration amongst youth ministers.  Instead of being companions in ministry they come off as opponents.  You and I need to learn to get over it.  Instead of looking at them as enemies or opponents, they need to be seen as: Continue Reading…