OUR FAVORITE ARTICLES OF 2016: #10

For the 12 days of Christmas, we are counting down our 12 favorite articles of 2016. Here’s #10 with “How to Break Your Youth Ministry in 90 Days or Less.” And remember to subscribe to get our Christmas gift to you: 9 FREE resources including our new book #Goals: Setting Goals to Move You Forward.          We want you to grow your leadership and ministry. That’s what every leader wants, to get better and grow what they lead. What’s crazy is many youth workers talk about growing their ministries,  but do things…

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…

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,…

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…