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:

8 Guidelines To Keep Small Groups Healthy

Small groups sound simple, but they can be very messy.  It takes work to build a program, recruit leaders and get buy in.  But, once you have that you need to keep them healthy.

Small groups are messy because they are relational.  But, that isn’t an excuse for them to have structure and systems.  If anything your small groups need guidelines so that they can grow stronger and go deeper.  To keep them healthy:

6 Factors That Affect Your Message Delivery

You can spend most of your week writing and researching your message.  It can be full of facts, and stories that can move hearts.  The problem is your only halfway done.  Because delivery is just as important as content.

There are a lot of factors when it comes to the delivery of your content.  Beyond practicing there are a few attributes worth noting.  It does not matter who your audience is, if you want to deliver a dynamic message:

4 Steps To Using Your Time Wisely

One of the keys to a growing ministry is how efficiently and effectively it’s run.  Granted things do not need to be perfect, but they should be done with a level of excellence.

So, how does one do youth ministry effectively when it can be quite messy?  How can you have organic growth and an efficient program?  It comes down to:

Where Discipline Pays Off

I used to get angry when people critiqued my speaking ability.  They said I would speak too long, or I made too many points.  The truth was that I lacked discipline.  

Youth ministry is messy but it needs structure.  In order to create a laid back, relational, come as you are environment you need to have systems in place.  The problem is: