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…

The Best Books I Read in 2016

Perhaps one of the greatest things a leader can do to grow their leadership is to read. Reading allows us to learn from the best and grow in our own ministries and walks with God. In my opinion, reading is the number one way youth workers can grow in leadership!        This year has been one of my best years yet, and my impact and influence has grown significantly. It’s no coincidence that I have also read more this year than ever before! I read over 20 books…

Our Favorite Articles of 2016: #11

For the 12 days of Christmas, we are counting down our 12 favorite articles of 2016. Here’s #11 with “When Somthing’s Got to Give.” 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…)Jeff CochranJeff was born and raised in East Tennessee and holds a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies. He has been in ministry for over ten years, and has had the opportunity to start two student ministries from the ground up.…

Red Light, Green Light: Finding the Rhythm of Effective Youth Ministry

Most things are better when they are in rhythm. This is true for music and dancing, and it’s just as true for life and youth ministry! Everything in life has a rhythm, and finding the right rhythm is key for success and satisfaction.         When youth ministry is in rhythm, everything seems to work right. It sounds good, looks good, and feels good! When it’s out of rhythm, youth ministry can feel more like a train wreck!When it comes to youth ministry, rhythm matters. Every successful ministry has…

Leading by Listening: Why Good Listeners Make Great Leaders

     Have you ever walked away from talking with a volunteer and had no idea what the conversation was about? As busy as youth ministry can be, this can happen too often if we’re not intentional about listening well. When volunteers don’t feel heard, it can feel like they’re doing ministry alone!        Listening is something most of us think we know how to do, but few do really well. If we want your volunteers to feel valued, we have to listen to them well. This helps improve our influence with…