Culture | Families | Leadership | Volunteers
New Ministry Paradigm: Do Less Stuff!
17 July 2013
Less is More. We live in a culture that sends tons of “the more, the better” messages. And while that may be true with things like sweet tea and puppies, it’s not always true in some of the aspects of youth ministry. In fact, having..
Culture | Discipleship | Leadership | Middle School | Outreach | Programming | Small Groups | Speaking | Volunteers
A Welcoming Environment: Do You Have One?
16 July 2013
When we look to talk about the most effective way to impact students’ lives, the conversation usually goes toward discipleship. Well, that makes sense—we all want to go for depth, not width. Discipleship is an easy principle to grab onto: looking at how you can..
Families | Leadership | Missions | Volunteers
Evangelism, Service—Or Both?
12 July 2013
Evangelism and service: Make sure you don’t confuse the two. A service project doesn’t necessarily require evangelism, and evangelism doesn’t necessarily require a service project. Two years ago I realized that I get this wrong more than I get it right. I was walking around..
Families | Leadership | Volunteers | Worship
Youth Ministry Yoga
11 July 2013
Summer. The days stretch out and we feel the tension release, as if our ministry muscles have been in knots all year long. We inhale from a long year of work and exhale the fruits—we hop into vans and buses and take long journeys, our..
Wanna Keep Your Job? Read This!
10 July 2013
I think I first heard about the “chips” principle when I was working for former pastor, and current leadership guru, John Maxwell. The concept is a simple one: In church ministry you are constantly putting “chips” in your pocket, or taking them out. When you..