5 Traits of High Capacity Volunteers (and how to find them!)

Originally posted at ministryarchitects.com No matter what your ministry context is or what denomination your church is a part of, we all have a common problem. As a matter of fact, it’s probably the greatest challenge church leaders face in ministry. If we don’t find a way to overcome it, we will shortchange our ministry potential. But if we can overcome this challenge, we will see a greater gospel impact than we ever imagined possible.        So what’s the problem? Well, it’s a tale as old as time…

Simply Successful Youth Ministry

Originally posted at ministryarchitects.com Why is it that some youth ministries are more successful than others? One reaches hundreds while another reaches tens. One youth ministry disciples it’s people, while another distances them. One grows while another groans. So what’s the difference?   There are a lot of things that go toward a youth ministry’s level of success. However, there are a few hallmark traits that all successful youth ministries seem to share. One of these, and possibly the most overlooked, is simplicity.   Successful youth ministries are simple youth…

The Youth Ministry Numbers that Matter Most

When it comes to church and youth ministry, numbers matter. They aren’t all that matters though. The question isn’t should we count; it’s what should we count?      I don’t see this as a tension to resolve as much as it is a tension to manage. Churches that are anti numbers tend to be uninformed and unmotivated, while churches that focus too heavily on numbers can be distracted from the mission and dangerous. The key is to hold the tension in balance by counting the right numbers. When it…

Teaching Better Part 3: Give Up

So far in this series, we have looked at practical ways to teach better. We’ve looked at the must have for writing better sermons, as well as how to find your voice. Today we continue with the third and final part of the “Teaching Better” Series.      We all want to be better teachers. Unfortunately, too many of us sabotage our own growth by ignoring this one principle. Great communicators get it, while poor communicators ignore it. It may be the most difficult adjustment for most youth workers, but…

Teaching Better Part 2: Find Your Voice

Do you recognize your own voice? Not the way the sound when you talk, but the voice you teach with? Your teaching voice is your speaking personality, and it should be as unique as your actual one.      If you’re not careful, it’s easy to lose your teaching voice in the sea of preachers and communicators. We have instant access to great sermons and great preachers these days. We can listen to anyone  anywhere. It’s helpful when we learn from them, but not when we emulate them!    …