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How You Can Change Things Up This Lent

By | SPIRITUAL HEALTH

What are you giving up this Lent?  That seems to be the question most people ask during this time of year.  But, is that the right question?

What if there were different questions we needed to ask this season?  What if the focus were a little different?  What if the questions we needed to ask were: Read More

Are You Burnt Out And Not Even Know It?

By | MINISTRY HEALTH, Uncategorized

Do you secretly resent your job?  Is your temper a little short?  Are you easily frustrated?  You could be burnt out and not even know it.

Ministry is a grind.  It’s easy to take one busy season and turn it into the norm and not even know it.  The reason this happens is because of bad habits that need to be turned around.  If you find yourself tired and worn out stop the craziness by: Read More

Do You Practice What You Preach?

By | SPIRITUAL HEALTH

Youth ministry is draining.  It can drain you to the point where you wonder, “Why am I still doing this?”  That’s why it’s so important to practice what you preach to your students.  To do this for the long haul you need PRAYER.

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So many youth ministers burn out because they ignore the basics of their faith that they share with their students.  If you want to be in ministry you need prayer.  And it’s easier said than done because: Read More

Why You Should Stop Planning Events

By | MINISTRY HEALTH, Uncategorized

I remember my predecessor showing me his youth ministry calendar.  Without thinking I remarked, “How is your wife still married to you?”  Every single weekend was booked with lock-ins, laser tag and other youth events. It was insane.

When Jesus commissioned the disciples to go into the world he didn’t say, “Go, and plan the most epic game of dodgeball.”  He said, “Go and make disciples.”  We know that, but the pressure to plan events is a reality for so many youth ministers. Read More

How To Get Rid Of Your Biggest Roadblock To Success

By | LEADERSHIP

People love a confident leader.  It shows them someone who knows where they are going.  The problem is when the confidence turns into arrogance.  An arrogant leader will lose sight of what’s most important and is difficult to follow.

One of the biggest obstacles to leading others is our pride.  It can make you feel owed, and entitled.  Worst, it can prevent you from doing what God is asking you to do.  In the end it’s important to embrace humility and adjust the focus. Read More

Will Students Come Back To Your Ministry?

By | MINISTRY HEALTH

Will students come back?  It’s a question even the most seasoned youth ministers will ask.  If you want the answer to be yes then you need to make sure your ministry stays focused on this one concept.

It’s a simple concept that works in every other aspect of our life.  If cultivated and nutured it can take your ministry from a small cluster into a large movement.  Teens will come back to your ministry on a consistent basis if you focus on: Read More

Dealing With Discouragement

By | SPIRITUAL HEALTH

On the latest Rebuilt podcast, Tom Corcoran and I respond to an email from a listener regarding a frustrating situation.  This person wants to grow, but the rest of the team isn’t ready.  Or at least that’s how it’s perceived.

There will be moments in your ministry when it feels like no one is on board.  You will find times when the results do not meet your expectations.  The worst is that these moments will pile up on one another.  To move forward you need to: Read More

Is Your Vision Big Enough?

By | LEADERSHIP

Whether it’s from the parents, the teens or the general congregation you are dealing with an array of expectations.  Everyone will have an opinion on how your youth ministry should behave, but in the end it’s you who is leading.

The question that you need to answer is whether or not your vision is big enough?  If you don’t know the answer then you probably haven’t thought about it enough.  Vision matters because it: Read More

7 Actions You Must Take Every Sunday

By | LEADERSHIP, Uncategorized

For youth ministers Sunday is your biggest day.  It’s the Sabbath.  It’s the beginning of your work week.  It’s the one time of week when people are coming to you.  This means you have huge potential to make an impact.  So, what are you going to do with that time?

Believe it or not you do not have to do anything huge.  In fact there are several small action steps you can partake on a Sunday in order to have a huge impact.  7 of those small actions that will lead to big impact are:
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