It’s Time to Remove Your Youth Ministry’s Tonsils

Earlier today, my eight year old son had surgery to have his tonsils removed. He went to the hospital, went under anesthesia, and now faces a week long recovery. So why in the world would we put our child through such an ordeal? Because it’s the best thing for his long term health!        That’s what good parents do. Sometimes they make decisions that hurt or frustrate their children short term so they can thrive in the long term. Good youth ministries work the same way.      …

When Something’s Got to Give…

“Something’s got to give.” We’ve all said it. We’ve all felt it. We’ve all been in the place where life feels too hard and feels like too much. If you haven’t felt this, you probably haven’t been leading long.        So what do you do when life and leadership feels like too much? What do you do when everything that can go wrong feels like it’s going wrong? What do you do when something’s got to give?         When something’s got to give, don’t give up!        You may feel…

3 Steps to Lead Better Tomorrow

I don’t know about you, but I want to get better as a leader. If everything rises and falls on leadership, the best way to grow my youth ministry is to grow as a leader.        Simply put, if we don’t learn to lead well we will minister small. Not necessarily in numbers, but definitely in impact.        There are many ways we can grow as leaders, but what are some steps we can take to get better tomorrow?  If you want to grow your leadership in a way that will have an…

5 Indicators of a Toxic Culture

I’ve never met a leader who dreamed of having a toxic culture. Leaders want to lead a healthy culture, and volunteers want to serve in one as well. Nothing will make a great volunteer or staff member run away faster than a toxic culture!        I’ve had the privilege to work in some healthy cultures, and the nightmare of a few toxic ones. The healthy cultures brought out my best, while the toxic cultures sucked the life out of me. Nobody wants to serve in a toxic culture. Nobody. So if you…

3 Keys to Reaching Students with Social Media

It’s 2016, and social media is here to stay. Students are using it, and if we want to reach them so should we! Whether we personally like social media or not, we can’t afford to ignore it.        Unfortunately, many youth workers are either not using it or aren’t using it well. To reach students far from God, we have to be where they’re at. Almost all students are on social media in one form or another, which means we have to be there too. Not only that,…