Helping Students and Leaders Own Their Ministry

October 30, 2017    
Keith Parker    
Students Own Ministry

Disclaimer: I have never written a blog post where I was preaching to myself more than this one. Here is a news flash: your ministry is not your own, and it is temporary. I just experienced this when I transitioned from a youth ministry I had led for 16 years and moved 6 hours away to begin a new youth ministry endeavor in a new context. The truth is, even if you…    read more 

3 things to remember when recruiting volunteers for your ministry

August 23, 2017    
Ben Read    
attracting leaders for your ministry

It seems like a million years ago, but once upon a time I remember nearly tripling the amount of small group leaders in our student ministry over the course of 8 weeks. It was an incredible experience, and an incredible time in our ministry. How we did it was actually fairly simple; a clear vision for why we needed so many new volunteers, a clear recruitment process with me and my team,…    read more 

Christmas gift ideas for ministry volunteers

November 16, 2016    
Ben Read    
ministry volunteer gift ideas

I don’t know about you, but I sort of hate November in the ministry world. Hear me out, it can be a crazy month! You just got through the craziness of Fall Launch, which always seems like it was forever ago, yet also feels like it was just last week. Maybe you just wrapped up a crazy time leading into Halloween, maybe you had a fall retreat somewhere in there, and now it’s November. You…    read more 

Slow Down Your Leadership

March 2, 2015    
Brian Lucas    

There’s an old African proverb that says, “alone we go fast, together we go far.” You might get things done quickly, but if you’re not giving away leadership to willing and awesome leaders on your team, you’ll find that the only place you’re headed is burnout. And you’ll get there real fast. Try these three tips for SHARING your leadership to make your ministry run better and go farther: 1. Share your…    read more 

5 Ways to Make Your Ministry Better This Year

January 14, 2014    
Keith Parker    

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 our family. Today, I thought it would be good to focus on our ministry instead. I am eager to take our Youth Ministry to the next level, and I’m sure you…    read more 

Fresh Start: Youth Ministry Design Bundle

November 8, 2013    
Nick Farr    

The new year is quickly approaching and you might be thinking that your ministry looks a bit drab. Before gutting the entire thing, why don’t you download this great design bundle we put together for you? Even the slightest changes can breathe new life into an old look. For $15 you get access to 16 premium design files: 5 Service Stills (Welcome, Volunteer, Small Group, Lifegroups, and Bible Study) 2014 Spring Calendar…    read more 

The 2 Questions I Ask Every Volunteer Leader

October 21, 2013    

There are countless things that I love about youth ministry; one of those things is the explosion of job descriptions for volunteers in the ministry. These job descriptions list qualifications and expectations, which are all good and needed things; but to be honest, it freaked some people out in my ministry.  I am not saying that my volunteers did not like to hear about what qualified them or what we expected from…    read more 

5 easy excuses for subpar Youth Ministry

October 15, 2013    
Ben Read    

I doubt there is a Youth Pastor in the world that got into ministry to just coast. No, I believe more for Youth Pastors, and I believe each and every one of us started out with great dreams and visions of what God was going to accomplish through us and the ministries we would lead. But we can’t all start out in the Mega Churches, so most of us take jobs at…    read more 

Guest Post: Why we chose to only do Youth Group on Sunday Mornings

August 6, 2013    

About 6 years ago we made the decision to cancel our Wednesday night youth group for middle school students and move everything we did to Sunday mornings. For more info about what our Sunday morning program looks like click here. We also chose to cancel our Sunday morning and Sunday night gatherings for High School and move everything to Wednesday night. We saw both numerical growth and the quality of ministry increase…    read more 

4 Things our Student Ministry is using this year

July 24, 2013    
Ben Read    

We’ve got some things coming up in our Student Ministry that we are preparing to launch that I am wicked excited about. Our school year here in Boston (did you catch the wicked?) starts in September, and so I’ve still got a bit of planning to do.  Yet, I wanted to share a few things that I think are going to make our Youth Ministry even better this year, and can help…    read more