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Money can stress me out.  I don’t like that it does, but when something breaks or a life change that involves money happens, I can freak out.  I love ministry, but life is expensive and there have been times when I’ve wondered, “Is this really worth it?”

It’s no secret that a youth minister’s salary is nothing to brag about.  But, money isn’t why you got into youth ministry.  You got involved  Continue Reading…

Two, then three and then four years would pass by and I was frustrated.  I was frustrated because I wondered, “When would we arrive?” Meaning, when would we be a top-level ministry that could go into cruise control?  It would take another year before I knew the answer.

The answer is that you never “ARRIVE” in fact your ministry.  The same goes when it comes to your leadership.  Both should constantly be growing.  If you think you’ve arrived then you’ll only be in a state of denial.  If you stay at that level your ministry will eventually breakdown and die.  To keep it moving to a new level you need to focus on your leadership and: Continue Reading…

No one, especially my pastor, likes to be caught off guard.  Surprises allow emotions to take over and it causes the situation to grow complex.  When my pastor had to learn from a separate source that I lost money on a fundraiser, he definitely showed and expressed his disappointment.

It was a difficult moment.  One where I wanted to cry, yell and hide.  Instead I just stood there as he chewed me out.  That night I didn’t know how I was going to move on from that moment.  Fortunately, the next day was a new day and it was new beginning.  He and I were able to resolve the situation and move forward.

It’s not easy when your boss chews you out.  Not sure if you are defensive, but fighting back isn’t the way to go.  Maybe you just take it like a sponge, but holding on too long will break you apart.  When you get chewed or called out by your leader the best thing to do is: Continue Reading…

This is the year.  This is the year that you are going to be more present in the community.  This is the year when you are going to balance your budget.  This is the year you are going to double…no, triple your youth ministry’s attendance.  “THIS IS THE YEAR!” Is your mantra, it’s the beat of your drum and that’s where it stays.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said, “THIS IS THE YEAR!” I thought I had set good goals.  I believed that I was ready to make the changes and then something would happen.  I lost motivation and ambition; therefore, little changed.  The problem we have when it comes to resolutions is that we: Continue Reading…

I’ve always had a fear of heights.  To be more specific I can handle flying, but when it comes to a 40 foot ladder, forget about it.  I start sweating, my legs are shaking and I do not want to move.  I remember when I used to paint houses it took me hours to do what most painters could accomplish in a few minutes.  It drove my boss crazy.  

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Our fears can control us in many different ways.  They can slow us down, and sabotage the way we lead others.  In youth ministry you can not afford to be afraid to make big moves, to lean in and get a little messy.  It’s a spiritual battle and there will be risks you need to take especially when you need to: Continue Reading…