Giving Thanks When Your Leadership is Questioned
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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 churchgoer. The truth is, because we live in a fallen world, poor communication and hurt feelings are a certain reality.  I know it seems odd that I’m about to ask you to be thankful over something…

Multi-Level Planning and Strategy in Children’s Ministry
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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 that I didn’t even realize I was under water. In complete fairness to younger me, the odds were well and truly stacked against me. The last staff person had come into the church in the…

How to Break a Youth Ministry in 90 Days or Less
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How to Break a Youth Ministry in 90 Days or Less

Every youth leader I know wants to get better and grow their ministry. What’s crazy is many youth workers talk about growing their ministries,  but do the things that break them. Odds are you want your ministry to grow. You want to reach as many students as possible. Here’s the deal though, if you’re not intentional you might to do the opposite….

Staffing Your Ministry Strategically
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Staffing Your Ministry Strategically

One thing is for certain at each of our churches…we hope for our ministries to grow. However, growing ministries can put a strain on understaffed ministries. That is especially true when the growth in the ministry takes place quickly. Most churches will praise the work, energy, and effort that the staff have put in to…

MASTER PLANNING: Use a Blueprint Model to Build a Solid Youth Ministry
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MASTER PLANNING: Use a Blueprint Model to Build a Solid Youth Ministry

Introduction Have you ever been part of a BIG building project – one that required real blueprints? Or have you ever been involved in site development for a multi-building plan for a park or camp? I’ve always loved building things, and along the way I’ve learned that every really good result starts with a really…

Do You Know the 12, 12, 12 Rule?
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Do You Know the 12, 12, 12 Rule?

Many churches with which I’ve worked, especially those doing ministry in small churches that don’t have a very strong presence of young people, find themselves wondering what more they could do to attract youth. They recognize the benefits of having youthful energy and long for a thriving youth ministry. Why? Perhaps they feel like a…

BIG TRENDS: The Millennials Have Left the Building; Enter the iGeneration!
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BIG TRENDS: The Millennials Have Left the Building; Enter the iGeneration!

Introduction On March 1, 2018 Michael Dimock, President of the Pew Research Center, shared in an article called “Defining Generations: Where Millennials End and Post-millennials Begin” that the Pew Center would use the year 1996 as the last year of the Millennial Generation. And while there is some disagreement amongst experts in the fields of…