The Best Kept Secret in Youth Ministry

I once heard something during The Well For Youth Workers that has always stuck with me. The presenter said, “The Best Kept Secret in Youth Ministry is Follow Up.”   The power of that thought has stuck with me over … Continued

The Secret to Becoming Innovative


What do stepladders, yo-yo’s and mood rings have in common?  They were all invented in Dayton, OH.  Did you know there are more US Patents that have come from Dayton, OH than any other single city in the USA?  I didn’t … Continued

Never Stop Being A Student

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Do you learn something new each day? How do you keep learning? It’s important to keep being a student. Some of this happens naturally, but here are some focus areas: Be a student of God’s Word. Develop the discipline of … Continued

Three Things To Teach Children About Work

So much of life is spent working – it truly is a gift of God to be able to put our skills, abilities, hands, and mind to use. It doesn’t have to be a drudgery. Here are three things to … Continued

Be An Inspiration

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People who inspire us typically aren’t setting out to do so. They are just faithfully living out their lives. Here are some of the things they incorporate – all which can be acted upon and started in your life! Follow … Continued

Three Simple Things Going Into A New Year Of Student Ministry

There are three big seasons for student ministry – 1) Fall, 2) January, and 3) Summer. It’s sort of follows a semester mindset, but you can hit restart at any of these times. It’s a good time to get things … Continued

One Mark Of An Alive Church

A few of us cleaned and reorganized the backstage area of one of the worship spaces in our building this weekend. We just finished a big season and it was a mess. In addition to the usual worship band components … Continued

Top Twelve Books

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Over the last five years, I’ve had a goal of reading five books a month. At the end of each year, I post twenty of them. Here’s a selection of the top twelve from those lists: 1) The Power Of … Continued

Why Enthusiasm Is Important For Church Leaders

Enthusiasm is both a gift and a choice. Everyone is enthusiastic about something. It’s important for people to experience enthusiastic church leaders –  enthusiastic about Jesus, people, the church and ministry. Enthusiasm could be defined as a displayed feeling of … Continued

Keep It Simple For Your Volunteers

One thing paid ministry staff can do in the new year is to keep things simple for your volunteer teams. Ministry can easily become too complex. We lose the “why” behind our serving. Take this month to get a fresh … Continued

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