My Favorite Productivity Tools at the Moment

Productivity isn’t a word usually associated with youth workers. It’s not a word naturally associated with my personality either.  I’m as ADHD as they come, and for years I struggled with productivity and organization. If you feel like this describes you take heart, because you can get better. You can become more productive, organized, and make a bigger impact. I’m not naturally a productive person, but most people know me today as highly productive and organized. Why? Because I worked at it…. and because cheated a little bit! I say I “cheated” because I…

How to Deal With Angry Parents

Perhaps there is nothing more inevitable in youth ministry. It will happen. No matter what you do, how hard you try, or how good of a job you do, it will happen. It’s an eventuality and inevitability: parents will get angry and you will have to deal with it. Even though it’s something we all face, it’s also one of the more difficult parts of the job. Handle it the wrong way and you won’t be handling it much more. Furthermore, if you don’t handle it well it can steal…

How to Start a Summer Intern Program

It’s Summer, which means it time for cookouts, pools, youth camps, and internships. Every summer, youth ministries all over the country host interns in some form or fashion. Maybe they’re paid, but more often they’re volunteer. Maybe they’re seminary students, or maybe they’re graduating seniors from your youth ministry. Regardless of who they are and what stage of life they’re in, the key to having great interns is having a great program.      If you have interns but don’t have a strong program, then one of a few things will happen.…

Crushing It or Crushed by It?

Earlier this year, I made an intentional decision to get back into the gym. It had been a while, to say the least, since I had regularly been in the gym and working out. Now, working out and trying to stay fit have always been an important part of my life. But through a few seasons of busyness and transition I had somehow stopped doing it all together. I feel better than I have in the past year or so, plus  I don’t have to feel so bad about eating tasty food!…

5 Types of People Every Youth Leader Needs Around Them

     Youth Ministry is tough, and can often be really lonely. As youth leaders, we face challenges that are different from most other ministry leaders in the church. It’s all too easy to feel alone and powerless, and that’s exactly where the enemy wants you to be. I’ve been serving in youth ministry for over 12 years now, and I can’t tell you the amount of times that I’ve sat in my car after an event and asked the question “What am I doing?” It’s easy to wonder if…