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Stop, Collaborate And Get Results: 3 Steps To Effectively Brainstorm With Your Volunteers

By | COMMUNICATION, Uncategorized | One Comment

You finally get people to show up to your planning meeting. You are ready to take the ministry to the next level. But, you’re nervous.

Your nervous because you are afraid it’s not going to be helpful. You’ve tried this before, you’ve tried gathering a group of people to share ideas and collaborate only to discover  Read More

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How To Deal With Conflict Before It Happens

By | MINISTRY HEALTH

When you have a problem with a coworker how do you handle it? Do you ignore it, or fight back? While you can’t avoid it, how you deal with it before it happens matters.

Conflict in Youth Ministry

You can’t always predict conflict but there are behaviors and circumstances that cultivate it. To prevent big blow ups and ugly tension forming it’s important to:  Read More

5 Opportunities To Build Up Leaders And Expand Your Capacity

By | LEADERSHIP, Uncategorized

A growing ministry will always demand more of your time, energy and attention.  If you try to do it all on your own you will fail.  You need other leaders to serve alongside of you. So, where do you find them?

There isn’t a secret lair where leaders hide.  There isn’t a magic formula that you can concoct at home.  The way you build leaders to expand your capacity is by learning how to: Read More

4 Simple Steps To Help You Embrace What Limits Your Ministry

By | MINISTRY HEALTH, Uncategorized

We’re always desiring more.  We want more volunteers.  We want more money for our budget.  We want more teens to show up to program.  While there is nothing wrong with wanting more it’s important to embrace your limits.

It can be frustrating not to have what you want.  It would be great to have it all, but there isn’t a ministry that does HAVE IT ALL.  To succeed and thrive with what you have it’s important to: Read More

Building a Core Leadership Team

By | LEADERSHIP

If you want your ministry to grow you need to learn how to expand your capacity.  The key factor to building your influence and increasing your impact is by investing in a core leadership team.

We all like the idea of a core leadership team, but where to find these people seems near impossible.  While it won’t necessarily happen overnight, it is doable.  You just need to have faith, patience and: Read More

When And How Far Should You Bend?

By | LEADERSHIP

One challenge every leader faces is when to bend and when to stand firm.  You don’t want to seem unruly but then again protecting the integrity of what you do is important.

In youth ministry requests to make exceptions come in many different forms.  Requests come from parents, teenagers, your pastor and volunteers. Some are predictable and others are very personal.  In the end you need to discern: Read More

How To React When Questioned By Others

By | LEADERSHIP, Uncategorized

Leading a youth ministry can get personal.  You pour your time, effort and energy into making it the best experience possible.  But then your questioned by skeptics and critics.  And the challenge becomes about how you respond.

The reason you are questioned as a leader is because you are creating change.  That makes people nervous and anxious.  And nervous and anxious people look for something to challenge.  What you need to do is put together a plan that diffuses the situation and that involves:

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How To Embrace Constant Change

By | SPIRITUAL HEALTH, Uncategorized

Change is never easy.  Even when we yearn for change it can still be difficult.  But, how we handle change is important because it impacts our efficiency and productivity.

Youth ministry and change go hand in hand.  Each year you’re saying good by to students as they move on.  You are welcoming new generations into your program.  Your volunteers, the congregation and even the community around you changes.  The question is how do you embrace it and still thrive? Read More

How To Survive On A Youth Minister’s Salary

By | COMMUNICATION, Uncategorized

When I became a youth minister I took the biggest salary increase ever.  Of course before I was a youth minister I was a volunteer making $500/month.  Youth ministry won’t be the highest paying job out there, but it doesn’t have to be the lowest either.

Professional youth ministry involves sacrifice.  But, that doesn’t mean you have to be pinching pennies to survive.  There are options like working a second job, or if you are married having your spouse work. But, in the end the healthiest thing to do is:

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7 Common Traits Of A Leader

By | LEADERSHIP, Uncategorized

I grew up only a few minutes away from George Washington’s Headquarters in Morristown, NJ.  I enjoyed the legend the came with this great leader.  Whether it was crossing the Delaware to surprise the Brits or delivering an ultimatum to the French in the French and Indian War.

While youth ministry might not require you to lead a group of teens across a freezing river in the dead of winter, it will present some leadership moments.  

If you want to be a leader that people will follow and trust, then you need to embrace certain traits.  For example leaders: Read More