Simplify Your Communication to Volunteers and Help Them Succeed!

Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.” — General Colin Powell As a pastor to families, I directly and indirectly oversee staff and volunteers in our children’s and student ministries. With busy volunteers, and with so many competing messages in their […]

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Train Your Volunteers Without Adding Another Meeting

I am a contributor at The LeaderTreks Blog. This week they posted an article titled, Train Your Volunteers Without Adding Another Meeting. Essentially this article is aimed at youth workers, but the principles can be used for anyone in youth, children’s or family ministry. Here it is: Effective training is better when it is simple, memorable, and practical. […]

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How to Lead and Leverage the Opportunities in Difficult Times

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” ― Winston Churchill No one has ever said that leading people would be easy. Leading all kinds of people to a compelling vision and direction can become messy and challenging at times. Whether it is conflict, misunderstandings, disappointments, or failures, […]

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Answering Teenagers’ Toughest Questions.

Today at the Simply Youth Ministry Conference I am leading a peer panel on how to answer teenagers toughest questions. Here are some guidelines and ideas I am providing for people in the peer panel. They might also be useful to you too? When answering teenagers questions here few things to consider:  YOU DON’T NEED […]

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A Leadership Key? Can You Easily Laugh At Yourself?

Many will remember the opening ceremony ‘Ring Malfunction’ at the Sochi Winter Games, but I wonder how many people will remember the closing ceremony ‘Ring Malfunction’? Here’s a picture from the closing ceremony from Sochi where effectively, the Russian’s had the last laugh. It was clever how they planned a second ring malfunction for the […]

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Are You Overlooking Your Biggest Leadership Roadblock?

Last week I had the privilege to spend an evening with a class of college students studying for their youth ministry class. They were an incredibly sharp group and had some brilliant questions for me. Perhaps one of the most challenging but important questions asked of me was: “What have been the biggest roadblocks in […]

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