Archive | January, 2013

3 Essential Steps To Help You Refocus In Your Youth Ministry

Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The Sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus” ― Alexander Graham Bell “Focus!” At times, that’s a tough thing to do in youth ministry isn’t it? The nature of our ministry will often be a moving target with changing issues and challenges. Working […]

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Infographic: Students, Social Media, and Communication

This week we have been looking at how social media can benefit your ministry, as well as the importance of creating good boundaries. Below is a helpful infographic showing how students between 13-18 currently use social media. You might be surprised by their favorite mode of communication. What We Can Learn: (more…)

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5 Social Media Guidelines For Youth Workers

In my previous post, we talked about The 5’c of Social Media Use for Youth Workers. Using social media can be your friend when doing ministry, but it can quickly become your enemy too…  I have heard stories of youth workers who are getting into trouble because of the way they are using social media. I have […]

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The 5 C’s of Social Media Use In Youth Ministry

What’s the best way to use social media in youth ministry? Depending on how savvy you are at using social media,  you could find yourself either overly confused, or on the other end of the spectrum, you might find that too much knowledge is leading you to wasting too much time in ineffective ways. Because I have […]

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What Lance Armstrong Can Teach Students In Your Youth Ministry: A Free Lesson Outline

Are any of us really that shocked about Lance Armstrong’s admission to Oprah and the world? But what can we teach students from this? Is it that no leader, sports personality, or authority figure can be honest these days? Frankly, I think that is what many of our students are learning in this current generation… […]

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Relational Investment – The Difference Maker In Youth Ministry Volunteer Development…

How do you know if your volunteers ‘get it’? How do you know if your meetings and training are effective? What should training look like? With limited time, how can you make the most of volunteers busy schedules? If I am honest, there is an insecurity in me that tells me I am not doing […]

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Ministering to Parents Webinar with Dr. Jim Burns

Last weekend I attended a ‘Confident Parenting Seminar’ with Dr. Jim Burns here locally in Michigan. I have known Jim for 12 years and I know him to be a brilliant guy, great communicator, incredibly knowledgable, and wonderfully authentic. I am super excited to tell you about an upcoming webinar provided when Jim will […]

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Creating a Youth Ministry Volunteer Meeting Outline That Works.

So, what makes a volunteer meeting effective? What do we need to cover? How can we create a youth ministry meeting for volunteers that will help them feel like their time their time has been well spent? Most of all, how can we use a meeting to equip volunteers to grow in their skills as […]

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Creating a Youth Ministry Volunteer Training Schedule That Works.

How often should volunteer youth leaders meet? What should be the focus of the meeting? How much is too much when it comes to meeting frequency? How can we build community as a team together? These are just a few questions I get asked quite regularly by youth workers. My first answer is always, “It […]

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Is There Someone You Are Forgetting To Thank In Youth Ministry?

Just this week I met with some brilliant youth workers who volunteer in my ministry. As we shared our highlights from the last month, one of my volunteers ‘Steve’ shared how one of our college age students sought him out in church to appreciate him for all he did for them in the high school […]

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