Lead Strong

You can’t be whoever you want to be. Whoops, was that a little too rough for the first sentence? If you said yes, then we already have something in common. We both have a dream to be more than we are right now. We both find ourselves believing that the best version of ourselves isn’t happening right now. Maybe you believe that the best version of yourself is found one step closer to acting like your boss. If you aren’t as lucky, maybe you believe the best version of yourself…

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)…

10 Books Every Young Leader Should Read

 I’m an avid reader because it’s one of the best ways I’ve found to learn and develop personally. Every year I read some incredible books on leadership and ministry. However, every once in a while I will read a book that I wish I could have read in my early twenties!         One of the highlights of my ministry is getting to develop young leaders at our church. I love watching them grow and helping them take their next steps! So it should be no surprise that I…

A Leadership Lesson from Kevin Hart

Like him or not, Kevin Hart is a successful guy. Like anyone else who has experienced a high level of success, we can learn leadership lessons from him that will help make us and our youth ministries better. With 95 million social media followers and a massive popularity among teens, it’s safe to say he also knows something about reaching the next generation.        Now, before anyone gets upset, let me clarify I’m not endorsing Kevin Hart’s content. I’m not a fan, but I do respect his drive and success…