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...

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...

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.

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...

Reclaiming Fatherhood

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

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...

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...