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…

5 Reasons Your Youth Ministry Needs Goals

What do you think of when you hear about setting goals? Many think of resolutions, especially this time of year, but goals are much more than that! Resolutions don’t stick, but goals do. We also think of goals as a personal thing. We think about setting goals as an individual, but not for our ministries.        Setting ministry goals may be a foreign concept to you, and it may be a little uncomfortable. However, it’s well worth the discomfort! Setting goals is often the only difference between those who reach them and those…

Our Favorite Articles of 2016: 3 Priorities of Growing Youth Ministries

For the 12 days of Christmas, we are counting down our 12 favorite articles of 2016. Here’s #5 with “3 Priorities of Growing Youth Ministries.” 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.         What do growing youth ministries have in common? What makes them so healthy? What causes them to grow while others don’t?        I’ve never met a youth worker who didn’t want their youth ministry to…

Our Favorite Articles of 2016: The Youth Ministry Growth Dilemma

 For the 12 days of Christmas, we are counting down our 12 favorite articles of 2016. Here’s #6 with “The Youth Ministry Growth Dilemma.” 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.       More than anything else I hear, youth workers tell me they want their ministry to grow. They don’t want a raise or to make a name for themselves, they just want to impact as many students as possible. Numbers matter because people…

OUR FAVORITE ARTICLES OF 2016: #8

 For the 12 days of Christmas, we are counting down our 12 favorite articles of 2016. Here’s #8 with “What to do When You Don’t Know What to Do.” 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.        Have you ever been overwhelmed and had no idea what to do next? Has your to do list ever been so long that you felt like forward progress was just an illusion? I have,…