If It’s Snowing Outside, Summer Should Be On Your Mind


It’s hard to think about anything but holiday shopping, parties and last minute preparations for Christmas. But this season is also a perfect time to start preparing for summer.

Not only will you get ahead but create a continuos flow that won’t interrupt the momentum. Here are 3 steps to take now so that summer season doesn’t sneak up on you…again:  Read More

How To Manage Your Time This Summer


I don’t know about you but I often fool myself into thinking summer is a time when I get a break. In fact, I often believed that lie my first couple of years of ministry. Instead of feeling rested I was more stressed out hitting the fall.

The problem is that I wasn’t preparing. I would attend the camps that I had planned for the students, but that was it. The rest of the time I took it easy. While summer is a season where you can breathe it’s also an important season to: Read More

Is Your Ministry Feeling Stuck?

By | SPIRITUAL HEALTH, Uncategorized

You’ve tried everything and nothing changes. You’ve changed your program times and invested in new content but the results are the same. People aren’t showing up, no one is committing to serve and you are stuck. What once was your dream job has now just become a job.

There will be moments when ministry feels like work and that’s okay. The reality is there are seasons of growth and pruning. But, those seasons where you feel stuck can feel like torture. When that happens it’s important to: Read More

Will You Make It To Christmas?


Thanksgiving is over and now it’s that sprint before Christmas.  During a time of so much to-do’s it’s easy to dance with burn out and find yourself exhausted.  But, what if that didn’t have to be the case?


During our busiest seasons it’s easy to get disorganized and allow the inboxes fill up.  It’s during a time when you wonder, “Is this really worth it?”  To avoid burnout and really get the most out of this season: Read More

How To Have Your Best Year Ever

By | LEADERSHIP, Uncategorized

Yesterday our parish had it’s annual offsite staff day.  It’s an exercise going back years to help us get on the same page to create an amazing year of message series, programs and ministry.  In a way it’s our most important day as staff.

Whether you follow an academic or calendar year it’s important to spend time with the team to plan your best year ever.  But, it’s not as simple as gathering around a table and asking the question, “How are we going to do this?”  You need to make sure you: Read More

How To Set Your Schedule

By | Systems and Structures, Uncategorized

One of the hardest things for me to learn in youth ministry was how to set a schedule.  Busy seasons would turn into the norm and instead of feeling excited about what I do I grew tired and resentful.

I know I’m not alone, it’s something I hear from youth ministers I talk to regularly.  Setting a schedule is difficult and if you don’t set one yourself someone is going to set it for you.  If you are feeling like your schedule is a little crazy (Or doesn’t exist) make sure you start: Read More

3 Action Items To Tackle This Summer


We’re shutting down our regular youth ministry program this week.  It’s something we do every year.  We close up shop for a few weeks as we transition into summer mode.  Some think it’s a time to wind down, but in reality it’s a great time to get ramped up.

While summer is the perfect time to offer camp and mission trips it’s also an opportune time to get ready for fall.  Before you get sucked up into the summer fun make sure you: Read More

How You Should Approach This Summer


The snow is melting at a rapid rate and the temperature is finally manageable.  You can almost taste summer and that means summer camps, volunteer training and content planning are on the horizon.

While summer’s official start is still a few months away, it’s important to start preparing now.  If you can get ahead of the curve you can maximize your time and be better prepared for the juggernaut that fall brings.

To approach the summer correctly you need to: Read More