What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do.

     Have you ever been overwhelmed and had no idea what to do next? Has your to do list ever been so long that you felt like forward progress was just an illusion? I have, and it’s rough. It’s a deflating feeling.        So what in the world do you do when you feel this way? What do you do when you don’t know what to do? The answer I found has led me to more progress and better productivity than ever before. So what is the…

For Students or by Students? What type of ministry do you lead?

      There are a lot of different youth ministry models to choose from. Different youth ministries do different things well, & we can all learn from each other. Regardless of the size of your  ministry, we all have something to learn from one another!       I learned a powerful youth ministry lesson from watching other youth ministries. As I’ve traveled and met youth pastors across the country, their ministries have all been different. Some are healthier and have better results than others though.        So here is the question I…

One Step to Better Leadership and a Stronger Youth Ministry

 Leadership is a tough gig. So is youth ministry for that matter. Maybe that’s why youth ministry can seem so difficult, because it’s a combination of two very difficult responsibilities!      What if I told you becoming a better youth leader was as simple as taking one step? What if that step was one that any leader could take, regardless of their skill level or experience? I believe there is one such step that will, if you take it, make you a better leader instantly.      I’m very…

What I’ve Been Reading Lately…

I don’t know about you, but I love to read! Reading makes me better as a leader. It allows me to learn from mentors I normally wouldn’t have access to. I place a high value on reading and learning as much as I can as a leader. Perhaps nothing else has helped me grow as much as a habit of reading.      I do whatever it takes to make time to read. I do this because I want to grow into the best leader I can be. I believe…

Recruiting High Capacity Volunteers

I hear a lot of questions from youth ministry leaders I meet across the country. A few questions seem to pop up regularly in these conversations. These questions stem from common problems and tensions that all youth workers face. I hear them from large churches, small churches, and all sizes between. Youth ministry leaders across all denominations ask them. I even hear them from youth workers in both urban and rural contexts. They’re great questions, and I want to share what I’ve found about one in particular. “How do I find great volunteers?”…