Jordan Easley

How NOT to Treat Your Summer Interns

May 14, 2018     Jordan Easley    
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  Many Student Ministries across the country are privileged to have summer interns, but the reality is, many Youth Pastors are clueless when it comes to leading these new additions each year.  Here are a few examples of how NOT to treat your Summer Interns: 1.  TREAT THEM LIKE SLAVES I know what you’re thinking… “but this is the only time of the year I have any help so I’m going to…    read more 

15 Ways to Becoming a Successful Staff Member

Learning how to become a successful team member is vital to the everyday youth pastor. If you join a staff (of any size) and do not have the skills and abilities to join a team, you’ll have a long road ahead of you. Below are 15 examples that I’ve learned and will help you become a successful team member. 1. Look to Gain Experience Outside Your Comfort Zone Intentionally put yourself in…    read more 

Leadership Training: Killing the things that cause you to Coast

May 14, 2012     Jordan Easley    

It’s far too easy to just go with the flow in Ministry. God is always advancing us towards his kingdom, so why aren’t we advancing our ministry towards him? ____________________________________________________ We all get to a point, in our jobs or our relationships where we are tempted to put it on autopilot and coast a little bit.  I’ve seen that in my own life.  This is my 11th year doing Student Ministry and…    read more 

Your Ministry Won't Grow Without…

May 9, 2012     Jordan Easley    

Vision. Think about it; a blind leader has no idea where he’s going, and we’ve all been there… banging our heads on our desk, begging God to deliver some kind of supernatural revelation.  The Bible said it best in Proverbs 29:18:  “Where there is no vision, people perish.”  That word ‘perish’ is scary, because what that imagery could mean for your ministry is that if you, as the leader, don’t get a vision…    read more 

Ending The Comparison Game

May 2, 2012     Jordan Easley    

There will always be someone better looking… someone with more talent or a bigger budget… someone with better connections, a bigger salary, or someone with a bigger church… There will always be someone with a bigger office or a more successful ministry, and the reality is that we have a natural reaction to this reality.  Our instinctive reaction is to compare ourselves to these people.  We do! In this article, I want to attempt to give…    read more 

Leadership in Ministry: Employees vs. Entrepreneurs

April 25, 2012     Jordan Easley    

Whether we like to admit it or not, a lot of times, the success of a ministry can be determined by the mentality of the minister. Sometimes our biggest problem is us and the way we’re thinking and the way we see ourselves. If you’re in ministry, here’s what I want to challenge you to find out about yourself: Do you consider yourself to be an employee or an entrepreneur? If you…    read more 

Are you Stuck in a RUT?

April 11, 2012     Jordan Easley    

Youth Pastors are some of the most creative people on the planet and yet, we get stuck doing the same old things time and time again.  You… right now… are probably stuck in a rut and you may not even realize it.  It’s not all your fault, God created us as creatures of habit.  However, don’t let a rut or a routine keep you from maximizing your full potential in ministry. Here…    read more 

Okay God, You've Got My Attention… Now What?

March 28, 2012     Jordan Easley    

Okay God… You’ve got my attention… now what? This is a question many of us have asked at some point in our lives. Especially those of us who have had a season where we’ve run from God; or maybe we weren’t running away from him… we just weren’t running TO Him. It seems like God has a unique way of taking us in our distracted state and waking us up, and that…    read more 

10 Things to Pray for Your Children

March 19, 2012     Jordan Easley    

Most of us pray. We pray for our needs, our wants, our ministries and our desires. But I can’t think of anything that I pray for with more diligence and fervor than when I pray for my children. Even though we’re consistent in lifting our children up to God, sometimes it’s difficult to know exactly what specifically we’re to pray for. Here are a few suggestions: 1. FOR GODLY WISDOM: 1 Corinthians…    read more 

Apathy Killers

March 12, 2012     Jordan Easley    

What is the most frustrating trait a student can have?  I think most Student Pastors would have the same answer.  I like what Jimmy Buffet said, “Is it ignorance or is it apathy?  I don’t know and I don’t care.”  It’s frustrating when a student is apathetic, but that frustration shouldn’t prevent us from trying our best to kill the apathy.  Believe it or not, you can make adjustments in your ministry…    read more