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 3: Give Up

So far in this series, we have looked at practical ways to teach better. We’ve looked at the must have for writing better sermons, as well as how to find your voice. Today we continue with the third and final part of the “Teaching Better” Series.      We all want to be better teachers. Unfortunately, too many of us sabotage our own growth by ignoring this one principle. Great communicators get it, while poor communicators ignore it. It may be the most difficult adjustment for most youth workers, but…

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.  …

3 Youth Ministry Lessons from Groundhog Day

Last Thursday, the world stopped to take meteorological advice from a small rodent with a funny name. It was Groundhog Day, and everyone was waiting to see if Punxsutawney Phil would see his shadow. What he saw next would determine what happened next.   While it may be a bad way to forecast weather, Groundhog Day can teach us a lot about youth ministry and leadership. Here are three youth ministry lessons I learned from Punxsutawney Phil on Thursday.   3 Youth Ministry Lessons from Groundhog Day     1)…

Our Favorite Podcasts from 2016

Listening to podcasts is a great way to learn, grow, and develop as a leader. I listen to multiple podcasts each week while I’m working out and driving to the office, and the practice has made be a better leader and pastor. I love a good podcast, and recommend podcasts as a growth tool for every youth worker!        The key to podcasts though is finding a good one! So here is a quick list of my favorite podcasts from 2016! Some are youth ministry specific and others…