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The days are longer and Spring is trying to bust through.  This can only mean one thing…lacrosse season is here.  While there is competition to our youth ministry year round, things really don’t heat up until lacrosse season.  That means tournaments on the weekends, practices and games after school.  Our participation dwindles and it can be frustrating.

Every youth ministry is going to have competition.  It could be professional football on Sundays, after school activities or just plain busyness.  No matter what your ministry faces it can build frustration, and jealousy.  To be relevant and take on what the competition is throwing out, it’s important that you: Continue Reading…

My buddy and I were heading to Vermont for a little ski trip when we were met by a heavy snow storm.  It was difficult to see, and our speed significantly decreased.  We didn’t want to stop, we just wanted to get to our destination.  We pushed on and defied the elements.  What would have been a 6 hour drive turned into 15.

Granted I was young, bold and a little crazy; however, when the elements are against you it’s tempting to stop.  Pressure means discomfort, but comfort in your youth ministry can lead to atrophy and irrelevance.  A healthy and growing youth ministry needs to be able to face the challenges that come with youth ministry.  To be battle tested and ready for anything you and your youth ministry need to: Continue Reading…

Is Your Event A Success?

December 4, 2013 — 1 Comment

Our church used to host a Friday night event for middle school students once a month.  It was in partnership with one of the local schools and it was a big deal. Hundreds of kids would come into our church, play games, dance and hang out.  From the outside it looked like our church was thriving.  Internally it was devouring our resources and wearing me out.  It didn’t last more than a year.

Events are a useful tool in youth ministry world.  They can kickoff a season, celebrate a cause and create momentum.  And just like any tool if misused or overused it can be harmful.  Again, events are tools and should not be the norm.  That does not mean you should not use them in your ministry.  To know whether or not your event will be a success and useful to your ministry you need to know if: Continue Reading…

I’ve been asked, “How do you know if teens are continuing in their faith after high school?” For a long time I didn’t know they answer.  I did not know for two reasons.  One, we didn’t have a measuring system. And two, I didn’t know what I was measuring.  The problem behind the problem was a lack of vision.  How did I know whether or not I was succeeding if I didn’t know what I was trying to achieve?

Your ministry needs vision in order to help students find their identity in Christ.  Vision is the destination you want to take your students, volunteers and the church.  Vision is what brings hope to your community.  Without vision the people perish and with it they thrive.  So, your job is to get it out there.  To spread the vision throughout your ministry you need to: Continue Reading…

Patient Leadership

October 4, 2013 — Leave a comment

When I started out in youth ministry I remember wanting to be at the top of my game right away.  I was not at all patient which made me irritable.  This affected the relationships I had with volunteers, students, myself and God.  My impatience painted a poor picture of my leadership and gave the impression that I was indecisive.

Anyone who is new to youth ministry feels the pressure of performing at a high level right away.  While success can come early, if you want to build a long lasting sustainable youth ministry you need to be patient.  With patience you grow as a leader and disciple of Christ.  To be patient and grow it, you need to: Continue Reading…