Don’t Quit this Year!

Youth ministry is hard, and the odds are you will want to quit at some point this year.We’ve all had bad ministry moments, and it’s not uncommon to end up in your car at the end of the night wondering what in the world you’re doing.        We all struggle, and it’s normal to think about quitting. Unfortunately, too many youth workers will do more than think about it this year. Many great youth workers will walk away from ministry and quit early.        In over a decade of…

What Traffic Taught Me About Youth Ministry That Seminary Didn’t

In youth ministry, there are a lot of things we need to know that they just don’t teach in seminary. It’s always funny when I learn important ministry lessons from unlikely sources though. I experienced this just this past week.        On Wednesday, our youth ministry rolled out some major changes to our middle school pickup process and how traffic flowed. I felt good about the changes and our preparation, but lets just say it didn’t go so well. Somehow or another, we actually made the process slower,…

Our Favorite Podcasts from 2016

Listening to podcasts is a great way to learn, grow, and develop as a leader. I listen to multiple podcasts each week while I’m working out and driving to the office, and the practice has made be a better leader and pastor. I love a good podcast, and recommend podcasts as a growth tool for every youth worker!        The key to podcasts though is finding a good one! So here is a quick list of my favorite podcasts from 2016! Some are youth ministry specific and others…

10 Books Every Young Leader Should Read

 I’m an avid reader because it’s one of the best ways I’ve found to learn and develop personally. Every year I read some incredible books on leadership and ministry. However, every once in a while I will read a book that I wish I could have read in my early twenties!         One of the highlights of my ministry is getting to develop young leaders at our church. I love watching them grow and helping them take their next steps! So it should be no surprise that I…

How We Set, Measure, & Track our Youth Ministry Goals

Earlier this week, I wrote about 5 reasons every youth ministry needs goals. Today I want to dive practically into how we set, measure, and track the goals in our student ministry.        Having written goals for your youth ministry is a huge step! It puts you on the winning track. However, learning how to set, measure, and track your goals can take your leadership and youth ministry to a whole new level!        Below I will share how we do this with our three main goals: attendance,…