4 Easy Ways to Build Rapport with Your Senior Pastor #LeadingUp

As a part of YouthMin’s Leading Up series this month, I feel that one of the most important things that you can do to get your supervisor/senior pastor to be willing to learn from you, and in turn, be “led” by you, is to create a great rapport. Show them your life. Invite them over to your house for dinner with your crazy family, or invite your family over to their house!…    read more 

Youth Ministry and short-sightedness

I was shaped and molded into the Pastor I am today at Liberty University, maybe you we’re, too. Liberty gets put under a lot of scrutiny for many different things, but if you ask most of the students, at least from my time, one of the biggest complains actually had to do with long-term planning. Though you would rarely hear someone actually use this term in their complaint, it was the root…    read more 

Counting the relational change in your pocket

August 2, 2013    
Ben Read    

We often lose the ability to lead up by showing we don’t know how to lead down. If we can’t get our team, our students, parents to understand our vision and mission, we won’t be able to get those who lead us to hear it. When I first started in full time Ministry, I moved to a new church to start a new ministry with them, that though they had always had…    read more 

Introducing the Leading Up Series

August 1, 2013    
Ben Read    

I remember my first year attending the Orange Conference, hearing amazing ideas one after another, having countless conversations with other youth workers on what we hoped to take home and implement, and just the observational excitement throughout every attendee I came in contact with. But I remember the sense of discouragement I felt at the same time; for I knew that Reggie Joiner himself could accompany me back to my church to…    read more 

Planning a Mission Trip: Devil's in the Details

Let’s face it, youth ministers aren’t always known as the best planners. Sometimes, we do a great job of casting the overall vision of our ministry while neglecting the smaller details. A mission trip is not the time to miss the small stuff. Sometimes, missing a minor detail can result in major problems. As you set the wheels in motion for your next mission trip, here are some steps you can take…    read more