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…

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: #1 “Stop Leading Backwards”

For the 12 days of Christmas, we are counting down our 12 favorite articles of 2016. Here’s #7 with “Stop Leading Backwards.”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.       Most leaders lead backwards. The problem is they don’t know it. Until they figure it out and do something about it though, they will never lead up to their full potential.      Last October, I accepted a new job. It was…

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…