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…

How We Set, Measure, & Track our Youth Ministry Goals

Earlier this week, I wrote about 5 reasons every youth ministry needs goals. Today I want to dive practically into how we set, measure, and track the goals in our student ministry.        Having written goals for your youth ministry is a huge step! It puts you on the winning track. However, learning how to set, measure, and track your goals can take your leadership and youth ministry to a whole new level!        Below I will share how we do this with our three main goals: attendance,…

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…

A Leadership Lesson from Kevin Hart

Like him or not, Kevin Hart is a successful guy. Like anyone else who has experienced a high level of success, we can learn leadership lessons from him that will help make us and our youth ministries better. With 95 million social media followers and a massive popularity among teens, it’s safe to say he also knows something about reaching the next generation.        Now, before anyone gets upset, let me clarify I’m not endorsing Kevin Hart’s content. I’m not a fan, but I do respect his drive and success…

What You Measure Matters

In life and ministry, measurements matter. We measure things that are important to us, and when we don’t things can get out of hand quickly. Think about it, most of us measure our bank accounts and weight pretty regularly. Stop doing that for a little while and see how things turn out! Odds are you will quickly end up overweight  and over drafted.        Not measuring these two things can be dangerous and disastrous! The same is true in youth ministry.  There’s a recipe for success, but it requires measuring out…