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…

3 Youth Ministry Lessons from Groundhog Day

Last Thursday, the world stopped to take meteorological advice from a small rodent with a funny name. It was Groundhog Day, and everyone was waiting to see if Punxsutawney Phil would see his shadow. What he saw next would determine what happened next.   While it may be a bad way to forecast weather, Groundhog Day can teach us a lot about youth ministry and leadership. Here are three youth ministry lessons I learned from Punxsutawney Phil on Thursday.   3 Youth Ministry Lessons from Groundhog Day     1)…

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,…

Don’t Hang Out With Students

Now before you jump down my throat for the title, just listen.   I’m going to be real with you for a second. For the l year as I have been in my new position as the lead next generation pastor I have felt like an awful youth pastor. I have not hung out with a majority of my students. I don’t know all of them. I have not gone to all of their games, plays, birthdays etc.        Do I go to events we do and interact…

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,…