Four Ways to Work Smarter

With all the tasks that we youth workers are charged with, our time gets quickly used up – and it can seem like there’s not enough hours in the day to do all that we’re asked.

When Volunteers Don’t Follow Through

Adult volunteers are vital to successful youth ministry. What happens when volunteers let you down? Here are some suggestions for addressing this important challenge. Let them know how valuable they are. Do...

3 Ways to Get Students Into Church

Can the teenagers in your church tell you what the inside of the sanctuary looks like when there isn’t a dodge ball game going on? Do they know what to do when the offering plate is passed their way? When...

Managing Expectations

Do you know what is expected of you as a youth pastor or youth leader? And do your youth leaders know what is expected of them and what they can expect from you?Communicating expectations and thereby managing t...

8 Ideas for Leading the Next Generation

Any leader working with the youth of America can attest to the fact this generation is different than all others before it. Today's youth speak in a language we don't always understand, run circles around us wi...

What’s Missing?

This young youth worker had been at her church for a couple of years, but this was the first time we were able to carve out time to chat. Up to that point, we spoke of the usual things: involvement, small gr...

You Need to Take Care of Yourself

I’m not really a fan of the term self-care. Not only does it sound trendy, which is generally a bad omen for any idea, but trendy often describes something that is a passing fad, an idea or concept that som...