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I met my wife over ten years ago.  We were both volunteers in Baltimore City with dreams of changing the world.  She was with me through my interview process at my current church.  My wife has been there through my ups and downs and is one of the reasons I’m still in ministry today.

Over the years my wife has been involved.  For some married youth ministers it’s natural to have your spouse involved, especially when they feel called to ministry.  But, what happens when the spouse doesn’t feel called or has a full-time (or part-time) job of their own?  It can be a challenge; however, if your spouse is involved they can be your biggest ally.  If you want to involve them be sure you:  Continue Reading…

It was twenty minutes before showtime and I was a nervous wreck.  We had just gotten news that the student who was to play Sir Lancelot in the school musical Camelot was too ill to perform, which meant his understudy would need to go on.  I was in 10th grade and I was his understudy. Due to a lack of preparation I had absolutely no confidence in myself.  I was done, I was scared and embarrassed, only a miracle could save me.  And it did.  With five minutes until showtime, from out of nowhere the sick but confident Sir Lancelot appeared and saved my day.  I could go back to being an understudy.

You need confidence in youth ministry because there is so much in front of you.  With only a limited amount of time and resources the pressure of leading each and every kid to Christ can be unbearable.  To help you achieve your goals you need volunteers who are prepared and confident.  When confident they can take on the obstacles and craziness adolescence brings.  Unfortunately, confidence isn’t always natural, it needs to be cultivated through trust and love.  To build confident leaders you need to: Continue Reading…

Today we are welcoming hundreds of church workers to our Matter Conference.  It’s really exciting to meet other men and women in the trenches.  There is a bit of solidarity that comes with an experience like this.  This is when you are reminded that you aren’t alone and it feels good.  But it shouldn’t end at a conference.  Every part of your ministry should be filled with affirmation where staff and volunteers feel special.

Any ministry can be brutal.  It’s brutal because it’s about relationships.  It’s hard because it gets personal really quick.  As an employee you might feel like you are the only one in the battle field; however, don’t forget about your volunteers.  While it’s important for you to receive affirmation, it’s just as important that you help them feel special too.  if you want to build up your volunteers so that they can endure the marathon of ministry be sure to: Continue Reading…

Starting out in youth ministry was difficult; however, I was in a good situation.  My predecessor was still on staff and able to walk me through my first year.  There was public support from the pastor and a group of volunteers committed to invest in the next generation.  While I didn’t have to start from the beginning there were a few things I had to do over, rethink and restructure.

Starting a youth ministry from scratch can be a challenge.  So can revamping a preexisting one.  You will have to battle feelings of isolation.  There will be voices telling you that youth ministry is not important.  You will feel like no one cares.  Those are all lies and your first fight is to battle those voices and cast vision.  After that it’s about building (or rebuilding) your youth ministry, which means: Continue Reading…

Bold Volunteers Bold Ministry

September 13, 2013 — 2 Comments

Last Sunday was fall kickoff for our middle school program and the energy was thumping. The feedback I got from some of our volunteers was a mix of excitement and being a little overwhelmed. When it comes to middle school youth ministry there can be a lot of chaos and to take it on you need to be bold.

Not only can youth ministry be messy it can be a little scary. You are embarking in a spiritual battle, fighting through the noise and trying to grow disciples. You know this as a youth minister; however, you need your volunteers to embrace the battle. You need them to be bold because it will help your ministry become a movement. To create bold volunteers you need to:

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