5 Indicators of a Toxic Culture

I’ve never met a leader who dreamed of having a toxic culture. Leaders want to lead a healthy culture, and volunteers want to serve in one as well. Nothing will make a great volunteer or staff member run away faster than a toxic culture!        I’ve had the privilege to work in some healthy cultures, and the nightmare of a few toxic ones. The healthy cultures brought out my best, while the toxic cultures sucked the life out of me. Nobody wants to serve in a toxic culture. Nobody. So if you…

How to Develop a Winning Team

The past few weeks have been heavy for me. You know, the type of weeks where your to do list is a mile long and you don’t know where to start. Between special events and school starting back, there seemed to be more to do than I could shoulder.        The past few weeks have been tough, but they’ve also been vital for our youth ministry. During my heaviest time of ministry this year, our team experienced some incredible wins! As a matter of fact, last Wednesday was…

10 Leadership Takeaways from the GLS

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Global Leadership Summit. Our church was a host site for the Summit, so our whole team took a break to attend and sharpen our leadership. I’ve attended the GLS off and on for years, and as always I left with plenty of takeaways for leading better.   Out of the pages of notes I took, I paired down my GLS experience into 10 takeaways. These 10 takeaways are able to transform our leadership if we put them into practice. I was…

One Step to Better Leadership and a Stronger Youth Ministry

 Leadership is a tough gig. So is youth ministry for that matter. Maybe that’s why youth ministry can seem so difficult, because it’s a combination of two very difficult responsibilities!      What if I told you becoming a better youth leader was as simple as taking one step? What if that step was one that any leader could take, regardless of their skill level or experience? I believe there is one such step that will, if you take it, make you a better leader instantly.      I’m very…

Leadership in Simplest Form

      What is leadership? Ask ten people and you will get ten different answers. You can read different books and blogs about leadership and come away with hundreds of good leadership tips. For most of us though, this cycle of reading and trying leadership tips just leaves us frustrated and with more questions than answers. Bottom line: leadership is hard. Your context and culture adds another layer of complexity to it as well. What if leading your youth ministry to the next level could be simpler? What if there…