Intern 101: Hiring an Intern

Mentoring and pouring into an intern can be one of the most challenging and rewarding aspects of youth ministry. As I write this post, I find myself preparing for my eight intern during my 13-year tenure at ...

Ministry Under Fire: Responding to Criticism

Let’s start with a simple truth.  It doesn’t matter what type of church you serve in, what denomination, what size, how many staff you serve with, or how healthy your ministry may be.  One thing about ministry ...

5 Ways to Make Your Ministry Better This Year

Whether you are a big proponent of New Year’s resolutions or not, one must admit that the turning of the calendar seems to be a mental reset for most of us. Most times, we focus on our weight, our finances, or ...

How To Keep Your Youth Ministry Small

Eight years ago I started at a small church with a small youth ministry.  I remember being terrified.  I had no idea what I was doing…even after 3 years of an internship, and 5+ years of school.  Bible ...

The basis of our character is deep within

A man shows his character by what he laughs at – Greg Laurie at #R13 #character #pastor #youthmin

An Open Letter to Church Leaders

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You might assume by the title of this post that I’m concurrently working on my resume and a blog post, but I’m excited about sharing this post with you and with my own church leaders as we seek to make ...

Avoiding the Holy Huddle – Challenging Students Beyond the Church Walls

I think one of the most important lessons we can teach our students is that the Kingdom of God is larger than the four walls of our church building.  When students graduate from our ministry, I hope that they find ...

Career vs. Calling: Making It Clear

We just wrapped up our Roundtable Tuesday and had a great discussion on Youth Ministry and the differences between Career and Calling. I wanted to follow up and write a little more about what I believe. Calling I ...

How To Do Ministry and Still Have Time for Family

Everyone has heard and probably stated some form of the flippant saying, “I do not have time for this or that. I want to do it, but I just can’t.” I myself had said that very idea a couple of ...

How To Serve Bad Leaders

We’ve all been there at some time. You may not admit it with the words of the title of this article, but you’ve complained enough about them: bad leaders. Bad leaders come in all different varieties: The ...