Leaders of Leaders

I sat on the other side of his desk.   I was new and it was just a few weeks into my new job.  I was excited because it was going to be my first time working in a church with another youth pastor on staff with me.  I had been additionally attracted to the position because even though I had …

Leaders Should Feel Valued

Let’s be honest, ministry can be overwhelming. Anything from creating the next sermon series to after church parent meetings, student ministers wear a multitude of hats. The student pastor role is unlike any other position in the church. Despite what people might think, your role is not to solely hang out with students at Starbucks, have pizza parties and play …

Take Care of Your Own Health

Over the past several months, I have been writing a series MinistryPlace.Net that coincides with a workshop I teach called “Healthy Youth Leaders Do This: ______”. The workshop looks at characteristics that promote healthy youth ministry and serving your ministry from a healthy place. Little did I know what God would do with this line of thinking in my own …

Accountability In Youth Ministry

I found myself recently in a discussion about the role of accountability in discipling students. The discussion centered around the place accountability has in disciplemaking, and some of the tension we feel in attempting to engage in it with students. I get this tension. But I think it’s a healthy tension. Before we dig in, humor me as I define accountability …

5 Ways to Lose a Volunteer

In youth ministry, we are always trying to get more adults on board with raising up the next generation and equipping them for a lifetime of faith. Recruiting volunteers is no easy task, and landing a high-capacity leader is even more difficult. After all, we want more than warm bodies leading our students, we want leaders who are fully invested, …

How to "Look" Organized

This past June, my job at the church I’ve been working at for two years changed significantly. I had been the youth director, but when our Finance Director retired, our Rector asked if I’d like to add that to my responsibilities. Honestly it was a stretch. I don’t have any experience in finance, adding finance into my role as youth …

How Not to Be the Best

Bruce stopped by one time to take me out for lunch. I enjoy free food with good friends, especially friends that I haven’t seen for a while. The two of us sat down at the restaurant, the smell of hot Philly cheese steak sandwiches and fries bringing smiles to our faces; our appetites knew relief was on the way. I …

Raising the Bar for Volunteers

There is a lot riding on our volunteers, isn’t there? But chances are, right this very moment, you’re wishing at least one of your volunteers would give you just a little bit more. So how do you get it? How do you ask for it? How can you raise the bar for your volunteers, without scaring them away? Here are 4 things …

Student Pastor: Get Out

Get out, relocate your ministry. The best parental advice I ever received­­ and the advice I pass on the most­­ is this: My son Josh and I love sports. Beginning with a trip to Wrigley Field when Josh was 12, we have been to over ten different MLB parks. We¹ve enjoyed live NFL and NBA games, minor baseball games, and more Tar Heel games than we can remember. …