How To Avoid Placing the Volunteer Round Peg in the Ministry Square Hole
22 August 2016
Do you make it a habit of sitting down with a potential volunteer and asking them questions…even uncomfortable ones? I once had a “volunteer from hell.” Our ministry was growing exponentially and I was desperate for help (sound familiar?). I asked my existing volunteers if..
Students Need Adults
18 April 2016
Once you become a youth worker, it won’t take long for you to discover: You. Need. Help! One key ingredient in a healthy youth ministry is a team of caring adults. For the longest time, we tried to recruit young, funny, musical, athletic, attractive, cool,..
Our 10 Failures of Leading Volunteers
04 March 2016
Regardless of the size of your group, every healthy youth ministry has a healthy volunteer staff. Many new youth leaders start out with lots of energy and lots of ideas, but not a lot of confidence when it comes to inviting others to help out...
The unspeakable pain, hope, failures, and victories of youth ministry
28 January 2016
He stared right through me. I said his name over and over, but he just didn’t’ have the strength to look me in the eye or respond. If he stopped staring at the wall or dared to break the silence, then time would begin to..
Stopping Toxic Volunteers in Their Tracks
16 July 2015
Youth ministries are supposed to be communities where teens discover and embrace the love of Jesus, discover his purpose for their lives, and experience being part of the family of God. When toxic volunteers, parents, or congregation members enter this equation, we move away from..