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…

Our Favorite Articles of 2016: #11

For the 12 days of Christmas, we are counting down our 12 favorite articles of 2016. Here’s #11 with “When Somthing’s Got to Give.” 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.   (more…)Jeff CochranJeff was born and raised in East Tennessee and holds a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies. He has been in ministry for over ten years, and has had the opportunity to start two student ministries from the ground up.…

When Something’s Got to Give…

“Something’s got to give.” We’ve all said it. We’ve all felt it. We’ve all been in the place where life feels too hard and feels like too much. If you haven’t felt this, you probably haven’t been leading long.        So what do you do when life and leadership feels like too much? What do you do when everything that can go wrong feels like it’s going wrong? What do you do when something’s got to give?         When something’s got to give, don’t give up!        You may feel…

Trello: It’s Time to Plan Ahead

     Today’s post is a guest post by a friend of mine who helped us revolutionize the way we plan ahead with teaching series. Our team is 8 months ahead right now in series planning and everyone on the team knows their role going forward. This has been an incredible step forward for us, and it’s largely due to this process and Chris’s help.        Chris writes today about an application called “Trello” and how it  has changed the way our team works series planning. Trello has a variety of applications, and…

WARNING: Objects in Mirror are Closer than They Appear

 I don’t know about you, but I hate driving 15 passenger vans. They are a staple of any good youth ministry trip, but I hate them. Why? It’s all because of the blind spot!        If you’ve never driven a 15 passenger van full of students, I envy you. Truth be told, I’m not sure you’re really a youth worker yet. The rest of you know what I’m talking about though. The blind spot in these vans is terrible!        Vans aren’t the only things with blind spots like this.…