Three Things Shark Tank Has Taught Me About Youth Ministry

Three Things Shark Tank Has Taught Me About Youth Ministry

One of the shows that I watch religiously is Shark Tank. If you’ve missed ABC’s hit the past ten seasons. here’s the premise in a nutshell: entrepreneurs present to five investors in an attempt to get them to buy a percentage of their company. These companies hope...
Looking Back to Move Forward

Looking Back to Move Forward

The food took to longer to cook than we had planned, we didn’t know the names of the guests and no one came forward after the talk. Sound familiar? As we head into the final push of 2018 it is a perfect time to pause and reflect. I am sure much has happened in your...
Improving Your Leaders’ Junior High Memory

Improving Your Leaders’ Junior High Memory

“Ah junior high, those are the years I’d love to forget!” That’s a sentence I’ve heard from more than a few adults through the years. It’s a joke that adults LOVE to throw out there because it plays to the idea that junior high is such a hard time for many adults....
When You’re Jr. High Job is On the Line

When You’re Jr. High Job is On the Line

It begins with a wiggle in your gut. You’re not sure why but something’s different. You’ve been on staff for awhile and the climate around your job isn’t as “sunny skies” as it used to be. You walk into a room, people stop talking, and you get the sense you were the...
Countdown to a Checkup

Countdown to a Checkup

Every December 31st as the clock counts down to midnight, upwards of 2 million people pack into New York City’s Time Square; huddling together in the cold eagerly awaiting the 60 second drop of the Waterford Crystal ball atop One Times Square. For the millions of us...
Attendance Isn’t Everything

Attendance Isn’t Everything

Over the last 3 years, I’ve been working at a smaller church in Northeast Kentucky. When I accepted the position at my current congregation, I was 20 years old and a full-time student. I was young (I’m still young) and inherited a small youth ministry that consisted...

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