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If It’s Snowing Outside, Summer Should Be On Your Mind


It’s hard to think about anything but holiday shopping, parties and last minute preparations for Christmas. But this season is also a perfect time to start preparing for summer.

Not only will you get ahead but create a continuos flow that won’t interrupt the momentum. Here are 3 steps to take now so that summer season doesn’t sneak up on you…again:  Read More

Is Your Family Losing Out On Your Ministry?


If you had to walk away from ministry to save your family would you? Before you quickly respond think about it. Is the line clear? Probably not, I know because I’ve been there.

Walking away from ministry for your family is difficult because it might be something you love. It’s something that you might have been doing before you got married and had kids. But, you know it’s time to walk away when: Read More

Stop, Collaborate And Get Results: 3 Steps To Effectively Brainstorm With Your Volunteers

By | COMMUNICATION, Uncategorized | One Comment

You finally get people to show up to your planning meeting. You are ready to take the ministry to the next level. But, you’re nervous.

Your nervous because you are afraid it’s not going to be helpful. You’ve tried this before, you’ve tried gathering a group of people to share ideas and collaborate only to discover  Read More

How To Deal With Difficult Coworkers

By | MINISTRY HEALTH, Uncategorized | No Comments

If you get along with all of your coworkers there is no need to read this. But, if there is someone who annoys you or drives you nuts then take assurance that you are normal. Even in church world we encounter difficult coworkers.

But, how do you deal with them? We’re all supposed to be Christians and fighting for the same thing, but that’s not always the case because there are people who: Read More

Where You Should Focus Now To Get Ahead In The Next Year

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Are you just praying for that little break between Christmas and New Years? You know those few days when you can just press pause on ministry and BREATHE?

It’s easy to go into survival mode during the holidays. We tell ourselves, “I just got to get through one more party, or one more event!” It’s easy to go from being proactive to reactive but that’ll just  Read More

What To Do When You Have A Full Plate

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Every Thanksgiving I tell myself, “I’m not going to overload my plate.” I don’t want to do it because I know I’ll feel lethargic and totally useless.

In ministry the same thing happens when we overload our schedules and to-do lists. When we overload our plates we end up tiring ourselves out and become totally ineffective. If you are tired of that then you need to: Read More

Why Your Ministry Needs A Weekly Webshow

By | COMMUNICATION, Uncategorized

People are watching more video (Check out the stats here) which begs the question, “How does that impact your ministry?”

Video is a highly effective method of communication. People are visual and it’s something you can access on the go.

For the past two months my coworker Amy and I have been using video via Facebook Live to communicate to parents. What originally started as an experiment has become something bigger. We’ve learned through this webshow that:
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How To Be Heard Above All The Noise


As a communicator nothing is more discouraging than a disengaged audience. While it’s easy to blame the audience the truth is that the speaker owns the moment.

Distractions and noise are a part of every day life. To communicate with a fully focused audience is a rare occasion. If you want to be heard above the noise you need to: Read More

Why Teens Will Come Back To Your Ministry


From free burrito nights to mandatory attendance we’ll do anything to attract teens to our ministry. But, sometimes the challenge isn’t getting them there initially, it’s making sure they come back.

Why do teens come back to your ministry? It’s a question my ministry asks our every year. The answer wasn’t games, food or cool prizes. The reason teens came back was because of the: Read More

How To Handle Middle School Students Without Going Crazy


Why is middle school youth ministry such an after thought? It basically boils down to these two reasons:

1. You hated your own middle school years and don’t want to relive it.

2. Middle school students seem like unruly, hormone driven animals and who wants that?

It’s also the perfect opportunity to grow a healthy youth ministry. Unfortunately, it scares most of us, but it doesn’t have to. If you want to do middle school youth ministry right, then you need to start:

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Are You Making Yourself Lonely?


You can see the pain in their eyes. They love what they are doing but feel like they are on an island all by themselves. One of the biggest challenges I see youth ministers face is loneliness.

It’s something we can all battle. Whether you are a parent, leader or working in the trenches of church ministry loneliness can eat at you. But, what if it was all in your head? Read More

Introducing The Church Podcast

By | LEADERSHIP, Uncategorized

It’s hard to change a culture when you are in midst of ministry. No matter how hard you try nothing seems to work. When this happens it’s usually because we’re too much in the weeds.

I know when I’ve felt this way it’s because I’m doing too much. Instead of working harder I need to take a step back, reconnect with God and think bigger. That’s why I’m happy to introduce  Read More

What Are The Top 3 Things You Wish You Had Known Before You Got Into Youth Ministry?

By | LEADERSHIP, Uncategorized

Last week in Dallas I sat down with a group called the Catholic Youth Ministry Innovators to answer the question, What do youth ministers in their first 3 years of ministry need?”

The purpose of this group is to equip men and women serving in the trenches of youth ministry. As we sat down to answer this question another one emerged from Michael Marchand of Project YM: Read More

What To Do When You Don’t Have Enough Volunteers To Run The Ministry You Want


I was recently speaking at a conference about building a team of dynamic volunteers when someone asked, “What do I do if I can’t get adults to serve as leaders in my youth ministry?”

It’s actually a question that I get often. It’s something that’s happened to me several times. When you don’t have the people to run the ministry you want then it’s time to Read More

The Simple Trap That Could Derail Your Ministry’s Success

By | SPIRITUAL HEALTH, Uncategorized

I sometimes hate social media. When I’m looking at Instagram or Facebook and come across another youth ministry’s feed I find myself combatting an emotion I’m embarrassed to admit. JEALOUSY.

But, the problem isn’t social media. It’s something deeper and can be a big obstacle that holds back your potential to lead the next generation. That problem stems from something called  Read More


How To Deal With Conflict Before It Happens


When you have a problem with a coworker how do you handle it? Do you ignore it, or fight back? While you can’t avoid it, how you deal with it before it happens matters.

Conflict in Youth Ministry

You can’t always predict conflict but there are behaviors and circumstances that cultivate it. To prevent big blow ups and ugly tension forming it’s important to:  Read More

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