Where You Should Focus Now To Get Ahead In The Next Year

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Are you just praying for that little break between Christmas and New Years? You know those few days when you can just press pause on ministry and BREATHE?

It’s easy to go into survival mode during the holidays. We tell ourselves, “I just got to get through one more party, or one more event!” It’s easy to go from being proactive to reactive but that’ll just  Read More

Are You Making Yourself Lonely?


You can see the pain in their eyes. They love what they are doing but feel like they are on an island all by themselves. One of the biggest challenges I see youth ministers face is loneliness.

It’s something we can all battle. Whether you are a parent, leader or working in the trenches of church ministry loneliness can eat at you. But, what if it was all in your head? Read More

Introducing The Church Podcast

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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

Maybe You’ve Been Doing Ministry All Wrong

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Have you ever wondered, “Do I really know what I’m doing?” It’s a thought we all have but are afraid to answer. Even if the answer is NO that’s okay because sometimes we have to re-think youth ministry.

Last week I attended the DYM 100, a mini conference hosted by Download Youth Ministry. Reggie Joiner, founder of Orange opened up the conference sharing 7 ways he was re-thinking youth ministry: Read More

Is Ministry Wearing You Out?


Every Monday I used to wake up feeling hungover, but the cause wasn’t drinking…it was youth ministry. As a 20 something I could bounce back but as I got older I realized things had to change.

Ministry will wear you out because it’s messy. You are dealing with real people facing real life and it can drain you if you don’t instill the right habits. If you want to stop feeling tired and last in ministry you need to: Read More

Do You Want Youth Ministry To Have A Bigger Influence On The Church? Here’s Your Plan


Who’s had a huge influence on your life? Was it a parent or a teacher?Is it your child or maybe a teen in your ministry? If age doesn’t matter when it comes to influence then why do churches tend to separate them with certain programming?

Too often youth ministry can be seen as a burden to a church, when really it’s an opportunity to impact every generation. Recently I was listening to an interview with leadership guru, Ken Blanchard (You can listen to that interview HERE) where he discussed the power of cross generational mentoring. Instead of a young person only learning from someone older, it’s an opportunity  Read More