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The Youth Ministry Island – Part 2

The Youth Ministry Island – Part 2

On Monday’s blog post, we started a discussion about how operate as a ministry within the church. The question was, Does the mission, structure, goals, branding, and activities of your youth ministry align with the mission, vision, goals, structure, branding,...
The Youth Ministry Island – Part 1

The Youth Ministry Island – Part 1

A couple years back I read the book, Simple Church, Return to God’s Process for Making Disciples, by Thom S. Rainer and Eric Geiger. To my surprise, this book helped me realize an unfortunate truth about how I thought of the  church and youth ministry. I know I...
Go To Bed Early

Go To Bed Early

Middle School Ministry requires energy. Our students are active. School, sports, clubs, community activities, and of course, youth group. It’s often a go, go, go time of ministry. As middle school youth workers, we can find ourselves with very full calendars as...
Advantages to Being Organized

Advantages to Being Organized

A couple of years ago, I found myself thinking about organization. Having just attended a weekend conference that left me traveling on a Monday, I discovered that my week was about to be a very short one.  Starting a week with one day down is never a good thing,...
Be Approachable and Welcoming

Be Approachable and Welcoming

When in full-time ministry, there is a certain expectation of availability. If you are the youth pastor, I believe that you should avail yourself to those you serve. Not without limits, mind you, but when appropriate, I believe that we as youth pastors should work to...
Letting Others Lead Part Three

Letting Others Lead Part Three

As we wrap up our discussion on Letting Others Lead, one more thought comes to mind. In our work of helping others discover the leadership in them, we have to be ready to learn from the process. As my ministries have grown, so have the needs for additional leaders....

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