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…

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…

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…

OUR FAVORITE ARTICLES OF 2016: #9

For the 12 days of Christmas, we are counting down our 12 favorite articles of 2016. Here’s #9 with “Busting Growth Barriers.” 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.   Every youth ministry faces growth barriers. No ministry grows all the time without facing a plateau or season of struggles. The question isn’t if we will face growth barriers, it’s what will we do when they come?        We will all…