A couple of months ago the ministry I work for decided to use the NJ Long Branch Marathon as a fundraiser. At first I didn’t think much of it. I’m not a runner. As a matter of fact I am an asthmatic who is beyond athletically challenged. This race was for my husband to complete, look at him, he is built like a runner. Then our office needed someone to step up and be part of a two person half-marathon relay. This would mean an almost 7 mile “race.” Can we revisit that I AM NOT A RUNNER? Yes, you’re already there I had to start training.
There’s always more to do in youth ministry isn’t there? Today I was reminded of a principle that I had learned a long time ago…But it was clear today that I had completely forgotten it:
Getting stuff done always takes longer than you think… Therefore, schedule less.
I know that reading the above statement could make you say, “Well duh, that’s obvious!” I am with you. It should be so completely obvious. But, when push comes to shove, if you are anything like me, I love to pack in as much as I can in my ministry day. I am ever the optimist of what I can get done and what can be accomplished by days end. Continue Reading…
In our previous post, Scott Tinman shared how he has moved from being a youth ministry couch potato to someone who is running EVERY day for close to 10 months. Today Scott wraps up our series as he shares practical advice on how you and I can create workout habits that are sustainable. There’s some great advice in this post! Read on!
Whether we like it or not, our productivity, and ultimately our mental and spiritual health are so closely tied to our physical health. If we can improve our health, we can expect our ministries to improve too. Today we talk to youth ministry veteran Scott Tinman about his radical life change.
This week before we head off to SYMC in Indy, we jump into a three part series on the importance of physical health and the impact on our youth ministry. When we are healthy physically, it helps us mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. Our energy levels increase, our bodies feel better for it, and we feel like we are making good steps forward.
Whether we like this idea or not, it is reality for all of us: Our physical health will impact our ministry health.
Recently Unfiltered Magazine ran an article on my friend and fellow YouthworkTalk contributor Darren Sutton. In an incredibly authentic and vulnerable interview, Darren reveals challenges with weight gain and the challenge to get healthy.
Can you relate to Darren? What steps are you taking to ensure your health is a priority? What tips can you share to others who are looking to make their health a priority?
Are you close to burn out? Do you know someone who is getting burned out? Is ministry a drain on you these days?
One of the biggest reasons youth workers experience burn out is because they never established boundaries to stay healthy. Given the changeable nature of ministry and unpredictable hours, it’s imperative that we learn to create healthy boundaries which can be communicated graciously to those around us. Here are a few I live by:
This week we dive into three posts centered around Balancing Family and Ministry:
It was a handful of months into our marriage when John and I got pregnant for our daughter. While we both remained in ministry, the Lord gave us a family and their stewardship was vital in every way. From the start our intentions were always to have family practices that were “ours” but, it was easy to allow those to be pushed aside when “life” took over. Instead of “investing” in our kids we were dragging them with us.
As a couple we had to sit down and come up with a plan so that our children would always know , no other youth was more important. There are everyday practices and traditions that needed to be put into place (and quickly) for our kids. What did we do?
Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The Sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus” ― Alexander Graham Bell
“Focus!” At times, that’s a tough thing to do in youth ministry isn’t it? The nature of our ministry will often be a moving target with changing issues and challenges. Working with students is anything but predictable. While we cannot change the foundational nature of youth ministry, there are certain areas that should always stay in focus regardless of the changeable landscape of youth ministry. If you are struggling to stay focused and manage ministry well, you should keep reading…
Just this week ‘Dave’ (one of my elders), came into my office and gave me some clear focus that I want to pass onto you today. Here’s what he said: Continue Reading…
We all have plenty of projects that are due sooner than we can manage. Your submission for the newsletter was due yesterday, you still need volunteers for the fundraiser dinner, and yes, you’ve still got 67 unread emails.
That’s why it’s so easy to spend eight hours blowing through a to-do list that doesn’t do too much to further the Kingdom.
You already know that the time you spend directly with students and volunteers represents the most significant impact you can make. But how much of those things wind up in your day planner?
How many get put off until a day that’s less busy, even though we both know that less busy days almost never happen?
If your to-do list is filled with items that don’t line up with your ministry’s priorities, it’s time to make some changes. Continue Reading…
It can be overwhelming at the beginning of the new year with so many new goals and resolutions to make (and keep). While it can be overwhelming and daunting, it should not be an excuse to back slide into old ways and half-baked efforts. So how can we keep focus on changes and manage the new goals we have?
Today, I’ll share three P’s that take many goals and simplify them into a larger view of focus that will help you and I keep on track as we go into the new year.