Five Reasons Good Communicators are Good

What makes good communicators so good? What is it they do that others don’t? If we can answer these questions, we can all get better as public speakers.         I’ve never met a youth pastor or youth worker who didn’t want to get better as a speaker. We all want to get better. It’s not a lack of desire holding us back, but a lack of practical skills that separates great communicators from average ones.        I recently got to sit in a series of…

3 Priorities of Growing Youth Ministries

What do growing youth ministries have in common? What makes them so healthy? What causes them to grow while others don’t?        I’ve never met a youth worker who didn’t want their youth ministry to grow. That would be like finding a 5 year old that doesn’t like cookies! It would be weird. However, even though we all want to grow, few ministries experience the growth we all hope for. Why?        What’s the missing link? What are the catalysts for youth ministries that grow?       …

How to Develop a Winning Team

The past few weeks have been heavy for me. You know, the type of weeks where your to do list is a mile long and you don’t know where to start. Between special events and school starting back, there seemed to be more to do than I could shoulder.        The past few weeks have been tough, but they’ve also been vital for our youth ministry. During my heaviest time of ministry this year, our team experienced some incredible wins! As a matter of fact, last Wednesday was…

10 Leadership Takeaways from the GLS

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Global Leadership Summit. Our church was a host site for the Summit, so our whole team took a break to attend and sharpen our leadership. I’ve attended the GLS off and on for years, and as always I left with plenty of takeaways for leading better.   Out of the pages of notes I took, I paired down my GLS experience into 10 takeaways. These 10 takeaways are able to transform our leadership if we put them into practice. I was…

The Art of Asking Great Questions

Asking Great questions is a staple of great leadership. Leaders ask questions to grow, to break through leadership lids, and to chase “the more” that God has for them. However, learning to ask great questions requires a great deal of intentionality on the leaders part. Asking great questions has less to do with the IQ of the leader and more to do with the posture of the leader. The following are a few brief thoughts on the postures needed to ask great questions. Leaders ask questions to grow, break through leadership lids,…