Youth Ministry to Spiritual Orphans

I was a spiritual orphan, and now I lead a student ministry filled with spiritual orphans. Students who don’t have families pushing them to become more like Jesus hold a special place in my heart. Knowing how to minister to these students will allow your ministry to retain them. Not only that, but it will also allow you to set them up for a life of impact in the Kingdom of God.         I would like to highlight four ways I believe we can maximize ministry to spiritual orphans. 4 Ways to Minister to Spiritual Orphans  …

Busting Growth Barriers

Every youth ministry faces growth barriers. No ministry grows all the time without facing a plateau or season of struggles. The question isn’t if we will face growth barriers, it’s what will we do when they come?        We will all face growth barriers, but we don’t have to bow down to them! You can overcome them and continue to reach more students for Christ. You can bust through the barriers in your youth ministry!        Growth seasons are great, but as great as they are, plateau seasons…

How to Limit Your Ministry Impact

“There’s no ‘I’ in team.” If you’ve ever played a team sport, then you have heard this quote. If you’ve been in youth ministry for long, you know it’s true. A team will always have a greater impact than an individual!   There may not be an “I” in team, but there are two in limit! You see, limiting your ministry impact is easy: just try to do everything yourself. A stud youth worker is a great fit for a youth group of twelve, but those who want to impact 50’s, 100’s,…

Making Leadership Gains

Leaders push; it’s what they do. Youth leaders especially! We aren’t content with the status quo and are always pushing to lead our students and youth ministry to new levels. Simply put, leaders make gains, and when we don’t it kills us.       I’ve made more gains personally and professionally this year than any other year before. I’m excited about what God is doing in my life and I don’t want it to stop! So here’s the question I’m asking: What causes leadership gains?        Asking this question has helped me…

Helping Students Avoid Election Infection

My dad used to tell me “There are certain things you don’t talk about: religion and politics.” He was a small business owner, and he knew these two topics were bad for business. They are contentious topics, but as youth workers, we have to break this rule.        We get the religion part, but what about the other piece? The U.S. is less than 30 days from the most negative election I’ve seen. Our students know it, and I think we have to speak to it. Not to endorse a candidate or pick a side,…