Find People to Help You Paddle

Find People to Help You Paddle

Admiral William H. McRaven, retired from the U.S. Navy, said in his book Make Your Bed that if “…if you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle”. If I can borrow that sentiment from Admiral McRaven, “…if you want to have success in youth ministry,...
Culture

Culture

Whether you are a full-time, part-time, or volunteer leader in student ministry, you probably hope that when a student comes to your group they do four things: enjoy themselves, come back next week, tell their friends, and grow in their faith. While each of our...
7 Things I Have Learned in 7 Days After Being Let Go

7 Things I Have Learned in 7 Days After Being Let Go

In the first 7 days (give or take) after I was let go, I paid attention and have learned a few things.  This is not everything I have learned, there will be much more.  But for now, here are 7.  1. Identity I am a follower of Jesus that does youth ministry.  I need to...
Notes To My Younger Self

Notes To My Younger Self

I unlocked my office door and dropped my church keys on my desk. Starting my first youth ministry job had my head spinning with questions: What do I need to know starting out? How can I best minister to the youth in my care? Where do I learn to handle all the...
MSM Measuring Sticks

MSM Measuring Sticks

If you teach a Sunday school class of 2nd graders, you get lots of feedback.  They’re either engaged or they aren’t. They are happy to be there or they aren’t.  They easily show affection. If you volunteer in the parking lot ministry of your church, the cars either...

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