What You Measure Matters

In life and ministry, measurements matter. We measure things that are important to us, and when we don’t things can get out of hand quickly. Think about it, most of us measure our bank accounts and weight pretty regularly. Stop doing that for a little while and see how things turn out! Odds are you will quickly end up overweight  and over drafted.        Not measuring these two things can be dangerous and disastrous! The same is true in youth ministry.  There’s a recipe for success, but it requires measuring out…

Three Words Successful Youth Workers Know

There are three words that every successful youth worker knows. They don’t just know them either, they live by them. These three words reframe a leader’s perspective and fill them with gratitude and energy. Every successful youth worker knows these three words because they are perquisites for youth ministry success.   So what are the three words? Here they are: “I get to.”  Great youth workers are the ones who realize they get to do ministry. They don’t have to do it. It’s not an obligation, it’s an overwhelming opportunity. Great youth workers get to, they…

When Faith & Culture Collide: Ministry & the Mannequin Challenge

Social media has a way of launching cultural phenomenons overnight. In a matter of minutes, a video, social media challenge, or dance can go viral. There always seems to be something new that’s hot in youth culture, and then in the blink of an eye it becomes old news. Youth culture can be hard to keep up with, but it’s something youth workers can’t afford to ignore!        These fads come and go quickly, but if they’re important to students they need to be important to us. The ice…

3 Steps to Becoming a Youth Ministry Action Hero

All youth workers want to be a hero to someone. Let’s be real, it’s in our DNA. You may want to be a hero to your students or their parents. Other youth workers may desire to look like a hero to their pastor or church board. Regardless of your ministry context, we all want to be youth ministry heroes!        So how can you become a hero in your ministry? All the youth ministry heroes I have known had one thing in common: they were action heroes! Super…

Red Light, Green Light: Finding the Rhythm of Effective Youth Ministry

Most things are better when they are in rhythm. This is true for music and dancing, and it’s just as true for life and youth ministry! Everything in life has a rhythm, and finding the right rhythm is key for success and satisfaction.         When youth ministry is in rhythm, everything seems to work right. It sounds good, looks good, and feels good! When it’s out of rhythm, youth ministry can feel more like a train wreck!When it comes to youth ministry, rhythm matters. Every successful ministry has…