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…

How We Set, Measure, & Track our Youth Ministry Goals

Earlier this week, I wrote about 5 reasons every youth ministry needs goals. Today I want to dive practically into how we set, measure, and track the goals in our student ministry.        Having written goals for your youth ministry is a huge step! It puts you on the winning track. However, learning how to set, measure, and track your goals can take your leadership and youth ministry to a whole new level!        Below I will share how we do this with our three main goals: attendance,…

Our Favorite Articles of 2016: #1 “Stop Leading Backwards”

For the 12 days of Christmas, we are counting down our 12 favorite articles of 2016. Here’s #7 with “Stop Leading Backwards.”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.       Most leaders lead backwards. The problem is they don’t know it. Until they figure it out and do something about it though, they will never lead up to their full potential.      Last October, I accepted a new job. It was…

Our Favorite Articles of 2016: 3 Priorities of Growing Youth Ministries

For the 12 days of Christmas, we are counting down our 12 favorite articles of 2016. Here’s #5 with “3 Priorities of Growing Youth Ministries.” 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 do growing youth ministries have in common? What makes them so healthy? What causes them to grow while others don’t?        I’ve never met a youth worker who didn’t want their youth ministry to…

OUR FAVORITE ARTICLES OF 2016: #9

For the 12 days of Christmas, we are counting down our 12 favorite articles of 2016. Here’s #9 with “Busting Growth Barriers.” 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.   Every youth ministry faces growth barriers. No ministry grows all the time without facing a plateau or season of struggles. The question isn’t if we will face growth barriers, it’s what will we do when they come?        We will all…