pexels-photo

Making Space

Recently, a pastor friend of mine read for me Judy Brown’s poem “Fire.” Brown does a masterful job of capturing what our job as youth ministers should be: making space for God to do His work. She uses th...
4887266287_15d7a7ba86_b-1

8 Ways to Affirm Volunteers

It’s no secret that one of the keys to a healthy student ministry is a healthy volunteer team. As a youth worker, one of the best investments you can make in your ministry is an investment in your volunteer...
15218745982_d850f98262_b

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.
Constructive Criticism

The Illusion of Constructive Criticism

Constructive criticism. How's that for a contradiction? It sounds like a good concept of course, a more or less neutral way of delivering negative feedback. In reality, constructive criticism is often only the...
22850727373_c265fdd0b4_b

Reclaiming Fatherhood

Remind fathers that the fun times that they spend with their children and other youth in the church are formational and valuable.
13967676208_6ebd196b04_b

Building a Next-Level Volunteer Team

We all want long-term, invested volunteer leaders in our ministries. We want to build a connected and cohesive team, willing to follow us.  I have people ask me all the time how I get to a point where I actu...
Starting Blocks at Vacant Starting Line Before Event

Remember The Finish Line

I'm in countdown mode. My fall programming starts in 5 weeks... And I'm on vacation for two of them. Needless to say, that means I'm knee-deep in program prep for the fall. I'm recruiting adult leaders, tra...