11 Ways to Maximize Summer Events When You Get Home

1. Give students an opportunity to talk about their experience.  If you are at the event with them, you can debrief each night or during the last evening.  If you aren’t there with them, find a time to follow up … Continued

Fall Kick Off Ideas for Student Ministry

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Do something new this fall to get students excited. Connect with a couple other youth groups to create critical mass for an event. Invite families from your church to participate. Hype it up. Teach students to invite friends. Make sure … Continued

Too Old For Student Ministry?

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Whether you are a volunteer, a full time or part time paid staff person, or you got asked to fill in for a month five years ago, you may be asking yourself, am I getting too old for this?   The … Continued

The Importance of the First Follower

I ran across this three minute video describing the importance of a “first follower”.  [watch the video on youtube] The importance of the first follower is unmatched. It gives credence to the movement.  It models the simplicity of following.  And it’s the … Continued

Obstacles vs Problems

A problem is something that we see along side the road.  It will slow us down as we  work on it, but doesn’t necessarily need our attention, we just do it anyway. An obstacle is quite different in that it blocks … Continued

A Slice of Sabbath

The Sabbath is a reminder to ourselves that we can’t control and do everything.  We remind ourselves 1/7 of every week that it’s really God who works in and through us to accomplish important and eternal things. It’s while observing a … Continued

6 Ways A Staff Member Can Influence The Church

Does the staff influence the church more or does the church influence the staff more? Obviously, they both happen to some degree, but this question has been on my mind.  In this post, I will focus on the ways church … Continued

8 Principles for Life Changing Youth Ministry – Right Where You Are

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I am a fan of youth ministry leaders.  There is so much that a youth pastor does – volunteer or paid – to help shape the lives of students and families in their churches. At times we might wish we … Continued

Intriguing Paradoxes for Leaders

I recently heard that there has been more written about Abraham Lincoln than any other single person in history – second only to Jesus.  That is pretty impressive.  In my stack of “read-before-getting-rid-of” books, I pulled out Lincoln on Leadership: Executive … Continued

The Purpose of Beautiful U

I am getting ready to be a part of an event tomorrow called Beautiful U Girls Conference.  I am looking forward to it.  There are girls, mom’s, and female ministry leaders from all over the state and region who are … Continued

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