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…

Lead Strong

You can’t be whoever you want to be. Whoops, was that a little too rough for the first sentence? If you said yes, then we already have something in common. We both have a dream to be more than we are right now. We both find ourselves believing that the best version of ourselves isn’t happening right now. Maybe you believe that the best version of yourself is found one step closer to acting like your boss. If you aren’t as lucky, maybe you believe the best version of yourself…

Teaching Better Part 1: 3 Must Haves for Better Sermons

Teaching may be the toughest tension in youth ministry. The majority of youth workers that I meet love to teach. As a matter of fact, many would say teaching is their favorite part of youth ministry!              Many also list the constant pressure of teaching as one of their biggest stressors. Anyone who has been in youth ministry for more than a few months knows that Wednesday (or Sunday) is ALWAYS coming! Teaching well one time isn’t as difficult as teaching well week after week. …

What Super Bowl 51 Taught Me About GRIT

More than 100 million people tuned in on Sunday to watch the Super Bowl, and it definitely didn’t disappoint. Records were set and heart attacks were had as we watched the New England Patriots make the largest comeback in Super Bowl History!        There are few things in life I dislike more than Tom Brady and the Patriots, so it took me a few days to get over the game. However, love them or hate them, the Patriots taught us all a lot about grit and leadership.  …