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3 Keys To Youth Ministry Longevity

Ministry can feel like climbing a huge mountain at times can’t it? When I first started out in youth ministry things seemed so simple… If you are like me, you have come to realize that ministry can be challenging and overwhelming at times.  What began as clear cut becomes confusing…  What began as a blessing can feel like a curse…  Just like a stranded rock climber, we are worn out, we feel confused and disoriented, and we have lost sight of all the beauty around us…

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So, how can we avoid getting to this point? How can we refocus and rediscover the passion if we already feel this way? Here are 3 essential keys I live by.  These keys in essence have become my personal ‘homebase’ to come back to… Continue Reading…

What Youth Ministry Needs More Of In 2013

In the Darren, John, Leneita, and myself, gave four opinions of what youth ministry needs LESS of in 2013. If you are like me, it’s easy to talk about what is broken in youth ministry. But what can we do MORE of? Today, we’ll give you four candid opinions of what we think could benefit youth ministry in 2013. Once again, these are opinions based on what we see in the youth ministry landscape. They are not meant to offend or upset, just challenge you to consider… Feel free to comment and add your opinion too!

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What Youth Ministry Needs Less Of In 2013

I hate the idea that what I am doing is creating a barrier for students hearing the Gospel and growing in their faith. As the four of us, (Darren, John, Leneita, and myself), have surveyed the youth ministry landscape, here are our personal opinions of what youth ministry needs less of in 2013. These are our personal opinions and are not meant to hurt or offend. Please know that we are simply sharing what we see as we look back and look forward this year. We hope to spark some good conversation and add some of your comments to this discussion…

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GUEST POST: Does Your To-Do List Match Your Youth Ministry Priorities?

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.

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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…

3 Priorities For The New Year In Youth Ministry

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.

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5 New Year Resolutions For Youth Workers…

New Year Youth Ministry ResolutionsSo, this is the time of year when many are creating resolutions and reassessing what the next year should like. To be honest, I am not a big fan of resolutions since many of them are made quickly and without an action plan. However, if we can be intentional and specific and plan ahead, it is good to create some goals and standards for the coming year.

Here are 5 areas that I have taken and adapted from by Tim Elmore. I ordered my areas in priority and  have also given some specifics of what I am doing personally.

1. Personal / Spiritual: For me I am planning on getting up 30 minutes earlier to ensure that my devotional time uninterrupted by my early riser 3 year old.

2. Family: We just had our third child and it’s been challenging balancing family time with a newborn in the house. However, we are committed to getting back to a regular date night for myself and my wife, mommy daughter dates, daddy daughter dates, and family nights. We schedule these about once a month. We would like to do them more, (and sometimes we do), but we are in a busy season. I have found that if I do not schedule my family time, it is likely that every last minute ministry ‘emergency’ will take over my schedule. Continue Reading…

How Do You Define Success In Your Youth Ministry?

Youth Ministry SuccessHow do you define success in your life and ministry? Is it possible you’ve been sucked into a inaccurate definition of ‘success?’

I’ve Been thinking a lot lately if we can “redefine” success. As we move forward (especially in ministry) we think it is about becoming more “famous” or “known” or “read” or “rich.” Yet when we look at the life of Paul we see one thing. When he was “Saul” this was when he was seen as “celebrated” by the world. When he became “Paul” he was scourged, ridiculed, shipwrecked and jailed. The Holy Spirit would tell him when he went somewhere he would be put in jail. He walked back into Jerusalem knowing that he would be taken. His response that his greatest desire was to do whatever it took for the Gospel to be taken to heart by the masses.

In the Lord’s eyes “Success” = “Faithfulness.”

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4 Essential Phases of Small Groups In Youth Ministry

So often I talk to my volunteers about their struggles in leading their small group. At the beginning of the year many of them struggle to either get students to talk, or in some cases struggle to reign in their group. By the end of the year they are challenged with how ‘checked out’ students can become. I have found that there are certain phases that most small group must go through. There are some things we can do to help the group get the most out of their time, and there are some realities that we simply need to accept. Here are 4 phases I tell my volunteers about in our small group leaders training manual: Continue Reading…

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There’s a new online magazine designed to help youth workers thrive with what matters most. Unfiltered is the first-ever magazine designed to help you, the youth worker, thrive in life…outside the church walls. Real stories by real youth workers on topics about… Your heart.

In this first edition, contributor to and friend Darren Sutton shares his heart in his article

So often in youth ministry it’s easy to take care of others while neglecting one’s own heart and soul. I have previewed this edition, it is certainly a must read!

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