The Youth Ministry Numbers that Matter Most

When it comes to church and youth ministry, numbers matter. They aren’t all that matters though. The question isn’t should we count; it’s what should we count?      I don’t see this as a tension to resolve as much as it is a tension to manage. Churches that are anti numbers tend to be uninformed and unmotivated, while churches that focus too heavily on numbers can be distracted from the mission and dangerous. The key is to hold the tension in balance by counting the right numbers. When it…

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…

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…

When Faith & Culture Collide: Ministry & the Mannequin Challenge

Social media has a way of launching cultural phenomenons overnight. In a matter of minutes, a video, social media challenge, or dance can go viral. There always seems to be something new that’s hot in youth culture, and then in the blink of an eye it becomes old news. Youth culture can be hard to keep up with, but it’s something youth workers can’t afford to ignore!        These fads come and go quickly, but if they’re important to students they need to be important to us. The ice…

Red Light, Green Light: Finding the Rhythm of Effective Youth Ministry

Most things are better when they are in rhythm. This is true for music and dancing, and it’s just as true for life and youth ministry! Everything in life has a rhythm, and finding the right rhythm is key for success and satisfaction.         When youth ministry is in rhythm, everything seems to work right. It sounds good, looks good, and feels good! When it’s out of rhythm, youth ministry can feel more like a train wreck!When it comes to youth ministry, rhythm matters. Every successful ministry has…