Managing Your Ministry: Managing Perception

How do we help people understand what serving in youth ministry is really all about? I think a major hurdle in getting people to step up and invest in youth is their perception of what being a youth leader en...

Managing Your Ministry: Own Little World

There is a quiet epidemic in our country—specifically in our youth ministries—and it's a killer. The problem is there's not an easy fix. It strikes unexpectedly, with little or no warning. Virtu...

Managing Your Ministry: People Are Watching

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Managing Your Ministry: Managing the God-High

Retreats are magical, and the same is true of summer camps and mission trips. If you've spent any time in youth ministry, you likely have discovered students' lives can be impacted more in a weekend or one week...

Managing Your Ministry: Don’t Be That Guy

Nobody wants to be that guy. That guy is the one who blurts out a spoiler to a movie you haven't seen. She (Yes, that guy can be a male or female.) is the Debbie Downer who tells you, "Sure you won a vacation f...

Managing Your Ministry: Managing Bedtimes

For the first couple of retreats you attend as a youth pastor, bedtimes are irrelevant to you. "This is where the real ministry happens," you say to yourself. "Besides, I can sleep when I get home."Then you sta...

Managing Your Ministry: It’s Prom Season!

It's springtime in America! The birds are chirping, the flowers are budding, and the Chicago Cubs are just about mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. All this also means it's prom season, that most drea...