Keep Challenging Your Students

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Don’t let the fear of turning students off keep you from teaching and challenging them with God’s word. Sometimes, we may think that keeping things simple will keep students happier. The overall message of Jesus was simple – love God … Continued

The Advantages Of Serving In Your Home Church

You have probably heard the definition of an expert being “anyone who travels at least 100 miles to speak.”   I have, on many occasions over the years, had the privilege of being called upon to lead/speak in various locations around … Continued

Seven Things Volunteers Need From Their Leaders

Most paid ministry staff roles in the church require work and leadership with volunteers. It’s not always easy, but the reward of equipping the church for ministry is incredible! With effective volunteer ministry, more gets accomplished and it’s more fun. … Continued

Margin, Rhythm, Vision & Grace

As I’m planning to take a break from writing in the blog for a couple weeks, these four words come to mind: Margin, Rhythm, Vision & Grace. Time away provides margin. It’s like the white space around the typed words on … Continued

Parents: Make Church A Priority

Though I’ve never been one for the “back to school, back to church mentality,” there are some natural seasons to refresh the priority of having your family in worship. September and January are two examples of these seasons. Christian parents/homes … Continued

Student Ministry and Grace

Student Ministry is a balance of offering an invitation for students to grab hold of faith in Jesus and walking with them through life. Students need grace.  And student ministry leaders need grace too.  It’s not always an easy road. … Continued

Five Ways Leaders Bring Energy To The Organization

Those around. you will feed off your energy – good or bad! When you show your passion and heart for the work, others will feel a sense of permission to follow suit. Without a level of energy, it’s going to … Continued

The First Step For Self Discipline In Teenagers

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Self Discipline is the key to happiness. – Snooze, The Lost Art Of Sleep I’m not sure I agree it is the only key to happiness, but it’s a great thought. It also may be counter-intuitive to us, especially those in … Continued

You Need Circles, Not Just Rows

Where is the circle time in your student ministry? Students need opportunities for spiritual development, mission and community. Though some of this can happen sitting in rows, listening to leaders, much of this action happens in circles. We must give … Continued

Nine Ministry Team Energy Suckers

If we’re not careful, energy can be easily drained from our ministry team. Every church staff member is a team leader to one degree or another. You must take note of those areas that are draining the energy from the leaders … Continued

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