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What a Real Student Leader Looks Like

By | LEADERSHIP, Uncategorized

Close your eyes and imagine walking into your church on a Sunday morning. As you walk in you are greeted by teenagers with warm smiles. They are serving alongside adults creating a welcoming environment for all those seeking something more.

It might feel like a pipe dream but getting the next generation to serve at a high level in your church is doable. It takes time but the investment is something that will change your church’s direction. To develop real student leaders you need to first:

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How To Boost Your Ministry Numbers

By | SYSTEMS AND STRUCTURES

How many teens attend your ministry? It’s a question we love to ask and hate to answer. It’s a comparison trap that can create insecurity and jealousy. No matter the number we’re always desiring MORE.

And that’s okay. You should want more teens to attend your ministry because it means that you have the opportunity to reach more with the Gospel. The challenge is growing the ministry and sustaining those numbers. If you want to boost your numbers you have to remember: Read More

Your First 5 Steps To Building A Youth Ministry From Scratch

By | SYSTEMS AND STRUCTURES

Over three months ago I decided to start over in youth ministry. I started working at a parish with great leadership, a wonderful staff; however, there had been a significant gap in youth ministry.

What that meant was starting from the ground up. No problem, right? If you are starting out in youth ministry or trying to rebuild the one that you have it’s important to take these 5 STEPS: Read More

What You Should Be Looking For In A Youth Minister

By | MINISTRY HEALTH, Uncategorized

When a church reaches out to me to help them find their next youth minister a common concern emerges. The don’t want to hire someone who is going to get OVERWHELMED EASILY and LEAVE TOO SOON.

Honestly, I can’t blame them. A church needs stability with their youth ministry because the life of a teenager is not. If you want to find the right person you need a recruitment strategy.  According to Monster.com  your recruitment strategy should address the following 5 areas: Read More

What To Do When Your Youth Ministry Grows Stale

By | COMMUNICATION, Uncategorized

We all have those seasons in ministry when it feels like no matter how hard we work nothing seems to change.  It’s a defeating feeling that leaves you wondering, “What have I accomplished?”

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If your youth ministry feels like it’s grown stale or is sluggish, it’s time to look at your vision.  If your ministry has lost site of the vision it’s time for you, and your volunteers to fall back in love with it.  And you can do it by: Read More

Why Your Ministry Needs An Identity

By | MINISTRY HEALTH, Uncategorized

Why does your ministry exist?  Is it even necessary?  It’s a question every leader needs to answer.  And if you can’t you might question whether or not your ministry is worth your time.

If you haven’t discovered the identity to your ministry, it’s not too late.  In fact it’s what you should be exploring regularly.  Examining your ministry’s identity keeps you focused and purposeful.  To help you sharpen that focus and stay on course you need to consider these 5 factors: Read More

What You Should Expect From Your Team

By | COMMUNICATION

Have you ever had a volunteer show up late or unprepared?  Maybe you’ve had that time when someone you relied heavily on dropped the ball and it made you wonder, “Does anyone care about this ministry as much as I do?”

You want the best from your team and you might consider lowering expectations; however, that would be a mistake.  When people don’t meet your expectations you need to consider: Read More

Why Nothing Seems To Change

By | LEADERSHIP, Uncategorized

Last week I was in Austria meeting with church leaders and what struck me was the similarity in some of the obstacles they faced. When it comes to reaching the next generation they were finding despite all their efforts nothing was changing.

Youth ministry can get frustrating because the amount of work you put into it doesn’t always match the reward you expect to get from it.  This can only mean two things, you either need to: Read More

The 4 Keys To A Dynamic Confirmation Program

By | SYSTEMS AND STRUCTURES

Confirmation preparation isn’t always a process people want to embrace.  While it’s an important part of the Catholic (and other denominations) faith formation it’s often filled with consumeristic demands and requirements that can make it a logistical nightmare for both parents, teens and parish employees.

The solution?  Is to change your perspective as the leader.  Instead of hesitating and going into the program reluctantly you need to embrace it and make sure you aren’t just going through the motions.  To build a dynamic Confirmation preparation it’s not just about the content, it’s also about: Read More

How To Know You’ve Made It As A Youth Minister

By | LEADERSHIP

Early on in my ministry when the attendance numbers would drop I wondered, “When am I going to make it?”  I was working out of frustration because my expectations of success weren’t being met.

Success has so many more signs than attendance numbers.  It’s more than awards and public praise.  And success doesn’t signify that you’ve made it to a point where you can sit back and relax.  Success in youth ministry means: Read More