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…

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. …

Our Favorite Articles of 2016: #7

 For the 12 days of Christmas, we are counting down our 12 favorite articles of 2016. Here’s #7 with “5 Reasons Good Communicators are Good.” 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.           What makes good communicators so good? What is it they do that others don’t? If we can answer these questions, we can all get better as public speakers.         I’ve never met a…

3 Must Haves for a Growing Youth Ministry Team

A year ago my family and I picked up and moved to a new city and a new church. It’s been a crazy good year for us, and we’ve loved every second of it! However, the transition didn’t come without it’s challenges.        One of the biggest challenges was learning how to work on a multisite team. Our church has five campuses with student pastors and staff at each campus. It’s awesome to be part of a large team moving in the same direction, but it also comes with some challenges.        Over…