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Hiring Struggles and Solutions
I got the call that I get so often. “Our youth director has told us she’s leaving.” After only being […]More
Giving Thanks When Your Leadership is Questioned
I know you’re not all that thankful for the discouraging text message or email you received from one more disgruntled […]More
Five Tips for Funding Your Ministry Over the Long Haul
It usually comes up in the lean times, those times when the economy is in the tank or when church […]More
Preventative Maintenance Calendar? WHAT?!
“Okay,” you say to yourself, “something with that many syllables in it better be good.” Well, give me a few […]More
When A Smaller Church Is Stuck In The “Glory Days”
It’s a tough road to walk as a children’s or youth worker when the church you’re serving is dragging you […]More
Are You Laying Foundation Stones or Choosing Paint Colors?
Introduction Many years ago I had the wonderful opportunity to walk where Jesus walked as I visited what is often […]More
What Grandma Taught Me about Leadership
“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.” Ernest Hemingway My grandmother […]More
Want Stable Serving Teams? Consider Volunteer Coaches
As kidmin leaders have you experienced the dreaded Friday or Saturday text or voice mail? “Hello, so sorry but we decided […]More
Congregations Make Great Building Partners
It Starts with an Idea … … because someone, an individual or a group, has identified a need, or they’ve […]More
Celebrate the Wins
Years ago, I had the privilege of coaching basketball under a guy who knew how to turn the tables of […]More
Do You Have a Signature Event?
Major events… every youth ministry, every children’s ministry, every church has them. Some ministries have one or two, and some […]More
Multi-Level Planning and Strategy in Children’s Ministry
Years ago I landed my very first gig in Children’s Ministry, and I was in so deep over my head […]More
Connection Weekend for Families
One of my favorite weekends at church is Connection Weekend. Connection Weekend is when young children and adults come together […]More
Signage: Win or Lose a Visitor in Ten Seconds
When I retired from pastoral ministry in 2015, I decided that I would do several important things: I would remember […]More
Do Parents Trust You?
A few years back, we rented out one of the local schools for a mission trip we were hosting. I […]More
Equipping Your Volunteers
Just imagine it was you … You have just heard in casual conversation amongst youth workers in your congregation that […]More
Spring Into Your Fall!
It’s May and Spring has sprung! Flowers are pushing up through the earth, the snow has melted, and school is […]More
Creating Culture in Your Congregation
One of the true greats in youth ministry, Mike Yaconelli, wrote a book in 2002 that presented a difficult challenge […]More