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Why Small Groups Need To Be A Part Of Your Ministry

By | SYSTEMS AND STRUCTURES, Uncategorized

Events for youth can be fun; however, they can also be completely exhausting.  You put in a lot of work recruiting volunteers, advertising to the community and putting together logistics.  Despite the results you can be left wondering, “Is this worth it?”

If you want your youth ministry to grow at a healthy pace then you need to invest in small groups.  The reason small groups are important to the success of your youth ministry is because: Read More

The Perfect Agenda For Your Planning Meetings

By | MINISTRY HEALTH, Uncategorized

As summer is quickly approaching the temptation is to wind down and relax.  The reality is you can’t afford to shut things down completely.  In fact now is the perfect time to plan and prepare for the next year.

How do you prepare for the next year?  It’s about bringing your key people together and making sure you have a comprehensive plan.  To develop a solid plan you need to make sure your meeting involves: Read More

How To Know You’ve Made It As A Youth Minister

By | LEADERSHIP

Early on in my ministry when the attendance numbers would drop I wondered, “When am I going to make it?”  I was working out of frustration because my expectations of success weren’t being met.

Success has so many more signs than attendance numbers.  It’s more than awards and public praise.  And success doesn’t signify that you’ve made it to a point where you can sit back and relax.  Success in youth ministry means: Read More

What REI Reminded Me About Growing Disciples

By | MINISTRY HEALTH, Uncategorized

REI recently launched their #Optout campaign.  According to USA Today:

REI is taking direct aim at the frenzied consumerism that dominates the holidays with a message to do the exact opposite of what Black Friday demands. (Read more HERE)

I personally like REI, and I applaud what they are doing (Even if it’s a PR stunt), but it’s a reminder that consumerism is something to watch out for in every area of life, even youth ministry.

Teenagers will come to your youth ministry looking for something.  It might be a great time, deeper relationships or just an escape from reality.  As youth ministers we have to embrace this type of consumerism; however, we cannot allow teenagers to stay there.  In the end we have to help them: Read More

How To Decide Between Family And Work

By | SPIRITUAL HEALTH

There will be times when you are going to have to choose between family and ministry. Sometimes it’s obvious, but then there are those times when you just don’t know.

If you love your family and love your job there will be times when choosing between the two is tough. There are demands for your time, and attention, which can be overwhelming. The only way to navigate through those decisions is by: Read More

5 Myths That Hold Us Back From Asking People To Serve

By | MINISTRY HEALTH, Uncategorized

We all hope that day will come when a line of people randomly show up to serve in your ministry.  But, that never happens.  You need to go find the right people.  But, asking someone to serve is intimidating.

It’s complicated because we’ve bought into the lies of who should serve and how to get them.  Those lies hold us back from extending an invitation.  To move past the myths that hold us back you need to debunk them.

5 myths that have held me back from asking people to serve were: Read More

How You Can Let Go Of Leadership

By | LEADERSHIP

I often get asked, “How did we get so many adults serving in our student programs?” While I would love to say the answer is my good looks and charm it’s been the ability to let go.

Being a leader that actually delegates can be a painful process, but it’s totally worth it. By letting go and letting others lead, people will be more willing to commit for the long haul.

So, how do you let go?

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4 Groups To Help You Analyze Your Ministry

By | SYSTEMS AND STRUCTURES, Uncategorized

With Thanksgiving less than a week away it’s easy to get caught up in the Christmas rush.  But, before you start getting into the Christmas spirit take time to reflect and analyze the last few months of ministry.

You might not feel like there is a lot to work with, but a mid year review is valuable.  It will help you see what needs adjusting.  You can look at what is going on behind the scenes.  And, it will give you the insight you need to make sure you stay on course.

To get started you need to ask the right people and 4 groups you should start with are: Read More

What You Need To Do To Have Your Ministry Noticed

By | COMMUNICATION

It can be a struggle to get your ministry noticed by the rest of the church. As a youth minister you know teens can contribute and have an impact. The challenge is getting other people to see it too.

If your youth ministry isn’t noticed it can feel like an afterthought. So, how does a ministry rise to the surface?  How do you start getting others to invest and advocate for you? It begins by:
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How To Involve Your Spouse

By | MINISTRY HEALTH

I met my wife over ten years ago.  We were both volunteers in Baltimore City with dreams of changing the world.  She was with me through my interview process at my current church.  My wife has been there through my ups and downs and is one of the reasons I’m still in ministry today.

Over the years my wife has been involved.  For some married youth ministers it’s natural to have your spouse involved, especially when they feel called to ministry.  But, what happens when the spouse doesn’t feel called or has a full-time (or part-time) job of their own?  It can be a challenge; however, if your spouse is involved they can be your biggest ally.  If you want to involve them be sure you:  Read More