5 Traits of High Capacity Volunteers (and how to find them!)

Originally posted at ministryarchitects.com No matter what your ministry context is or what denomination your church is a part of, we all have a common problem. As a matter of fact, it’s probably the greatest challenge church leaders face in ministry. If we don’t find a way to overcome it, we will shortchange our ministry potential. But if we can overcome this challenge, we will see a greater gospel impact than we ever imagined possible.        So what’s the problem? Well, it’s a tale as old as time…

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…

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,…

5 Reasons Your Youth Ministry Needs Goals

What do you think of when you hear about setting goals? Many think of resolutions, especially this time of year, but goals are much more than that! Resolutions don’t stick, but goals do. We also think of goals as a personal thing. We think about setting goals as an individual, but not for our ministries.        Setting ministry goals may be a foreign concept to you, and it may be a little uncomfortable. However, it’s well worth the discomfort! Setting goals is often the only difference between those who reach them and those…