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How To Deal With Conflict Before It Happens

By | MINISTRY HEALTH

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

How To Deal With Difficult Volunteers

By | LEADERSHIP

We’ve all hit those moments of desperation where we’ll take anyone willing to give their time to serve in the ministry. Sadly this approach rarely works. In the end, instead of having a highly functioning team, we have problems that could have been avoided.

The long-term solution is to create a recruiting structure that prevents difficult volunteers from entering into your ministry. But, the reality is that most of us aren’t there yet and we need to deal with the troublemakers now. Read More

How To Embrace Conflict At Work

By | MINISTRY HEALTH

You ever see that sign? You know the one that maybe isn’t directed at you, but it implies that you don’t know the obvious like, “Keep things clean” or “Property of …”? While signs can be informative and helpful they can also be an indication that someone doesn’t like conflict.

If you are in ministry it means you have to work with people and if you work with people it means there will be conflict. While you don’t have to love conflict you should embrace it and: Read More

What’s Holding Your Ministry Back?

By | LEADERSHIP

It’s tough being the leader. You need big vision and the ability to take people in the direction God’s calling you to travel. It’s not always simple, and that can be due to our own mistakes.

There will be difficult seasons in your ministry, but a good leader will prevail. They’ll know which moves to make, who to rely on and how to approach the situation. Leadership is hard but it really only becomes complicated when we: Read More

How To Create Positive Change In Your Ministry

By | MINISTRY HEALTH, Uncategorized

It’s usually around this time of year when we’re motivated to make changes.  On top of the personal resolutions I’m willing to bet you’ve got a few ideas for your ministry as well.

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They’re probably great changes, the ones that can take your ministry to the next level.  But, there is a problem that usually prevents us from reaching that level.  The problem is that: Read More

How To Face Conflict And Win Every Time

By | LEADERSHIP, Uncategorized

Not many people like conflict; however, it’s inevitable.  It might be the angry parent barraging you for not communicating or the pastor chewing you out for losing $3200 on a fundraiser.

Conflict is a part of life because life is filled with changes, mistakes and growth opportunities.  You can try to hide from conflict, but not for long.  It will find you and beat you unless you: Read More

3 Fears That Hold Your Ministry Back

By | LEADERSHIP

Fear is one of the biggest enemies to your ministry’s growth.  If unaddressed you’ll drive yourself crazy wondering, “Why isn’t anything happening?”

Fear is deceiving because you can have the right plans, and right people in place, but if you can’t pull the trigger they become irrelevant.  As youth ministers you need to overcome you fears, especially your: Read More

How To React When Questioned By Others

By | LEADERSHIP, Uncategorized

Leading a youth ministry can get personal.  You pour your time, effort and energy into making it the best experience possible.  But then your questioned by skeptics and critics.  And the challenge becomes about how you respond.

The reason you are questioned as a leader is because you are creating change.  That makes people nervous and anxious.  And nervous and anxious people look for something to challenge.  What you need to do is put together a plan that diffuses the situation and that involves:

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How To Do An Overhaul On Religious Ed

By | SYSTEMS AND STRUCTURES

You might not want to admit to it, but your religious ed isn’t doing what you want it to do.  You decide the only solution is to overhaul the entire program, but how?

First, make sure you are not alone on this.  Ask your team, consult your pastor and make sure you just aren’t feeling stuck.  To overhaul your religious ed and create a real discipleship program you need to: Read More

7 Common Traits Of A Leader

By | LEADERSHIP, Uncategorized

I grew up only a few minutes away from George Washington’s Headquarters in Morristown, NJ.  I enjoyed the legend the came with this great leader.  Whether it was crossing the Delaware to surprise the Brits or delivering an ultimatum to the French in the French and Indian War.

While youth ministry might not require you to lead a group of teens across a freezing river in the dead of winter, it will present some leadership moments.  

If you want to be a leader that people will follow and trust, then you need to embrace certain traits.  For example leaders: Read More