Simply Successful Youth Ministry

Originally posted at ministryarchitects.com Why is it that some youth ministries are more successful than others? One reaches hundreds while another reaches tens. One youth ministry disciples it’s people, while another distances them. One grows while another groans. So what’s the difference?   There are a lot of things that go toward a youth ministry’s level of success. However, there are a few hallmark traits that all successful youth ministries seem to share. One of these, and possibly the most overlooked, is simplicity.   Successful youth ministries are simple youth…

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…

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…

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.  …

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,…