Why Confirmation Preparation Is Broken

And The 3 Systems That Need To Change

Last week Church of the Nativity hosted the Matter Conference.  In my breakout Commissioning the Next Generation I was asked, “What do you do to prevent teenagers from walking away from church after Confirmation?”

While we have not fixed the program we’ve realized that there are some systems that have needed to change.  By changing the systems we are giving people clarity and setting them up for a more enriching experience.  The three systems we’ve addressed that have caused the biggest impact are:

How To Set Your Schedule

5 Practical Steps to Avoid Doing Ministry Minute to Minute

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:

New Resource: Team UP!

The Family Ministry Playbook for Partnering with Parents by Phil Bell

When I first started in youth ministry I struggled to serve parents.  Part of that struggle was the fact that I was intimidated by them.  The other part was that I had no plan to involve them in my ministry.

Working with parents in your youth ministry is challenging, but necessary.  Without parents you’ll struggle to have an impact on the next generation.  That’s why I’m excited to introduce to you the new book Team Up! The Family Ministry Playbook for Partnering With Parents by my good friend Phil Bell.

5 Steps To Ease In New Volunteers

Getting involved in youth ministry can be intimidating.  And if potential and new ministers walk in feeling uncomfortable they won’t want to return.

The solution is creating steps to help them ease into your program.  The more comfortable they feel the more confident they will become.  To help your new ministers build that confidence you need to:

How To Make Youth Ministry Less Messy

Youth ministry is messy in so many ways.  It’s messy because it involves relationships.  And because it’s messy it’s tiring and draining.  But, sometimes we make it more messy than it should be.

If you want to make youth ministry less messy you need to know what you can control and what you cannot.  While you cannot control life what you can control are: