Teaching Better Part 2: Find Your Voice

Do you recognize your own voice? Not the way the sound when you talk, but the voice you teach with? Your teaching voice is your speaking personality, and it should be as unique as your actual one.      If you’re not careful, it’s easy to lose your teaching voice in the sea of preachers and communicators. We have instant access to great sermons and great preachers these days. We can listen to anyone  anywhere. It’s helpful when we learn from them, but not when we emulate them!    …

Teaching Better Part 1: 3 Must Haves for Better Sermons

Teaching may be the toughest tension in youth ministry. The majority of youth workers that I meet love to teach. As a matter of fact, many would say teaching is their favorite part of youth ministry!              Many also list the constant pressure of teaching as one of their biggest stressors. Anyone who has been in youth ministry for more than a few months knows that Wednesday (or Sunday) is ALWAYS coming! Teaching well one time isn’t as difficult as teaching well week after week. …

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)…

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…