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…

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)…

What Traffic Taught Me About Youth Ministry That Seminary Didn’t

In youth ministry, there are a lot of things we need to know that they just don’t teach in seminary. It’s always funny when I learn important ministry lessons from unlikely sources though. I experienced this just this past week.        On Wednesday, our youth ministry rolled out some major changes to our middle school pickup process and how traffic flowed. I felt good about the changes and our preparation, but lets just say it didn’t go so well. Somehow or another, we actually made the process slower,…

Our Favorite Articles of 2016: For Students or by Students?

For the 12 days of Christmas, we are counting down our 12 favorite articles of 2016. Here’s #5 with “for Students or by Students?” 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.             There are a lot of different youth ministry models to choose from. Different youth ministries do different things well, & we can all learn from each other. Regardless of the size of your  ministry, we all have something to…

Our Favorite Articles of 2016: 3 Things Great Youth Workers Do

For the 12 days of Christmas, we are counting down our 12 favorite articles of 2016. Here’s #5 with “3 Things Great Youth Workers Do.” 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.   Do you want to be great at what you do? My guess is that you do. I’ve never heard anyone say they want to be average at what they do. As youth workers, what we do matters in eternity, so…