The early excitement and sense of adventure have gone away. That’s true for youth pastors, volunteers, and students alike. But there are still some things you can do to make the most of this time. Here’s 6 ideas for you…
Liminal Space is the time between “what was” and “what’s next.” When it comes to leading in a liminal space, your primary job is to be a stabilizing force in the midst of the chaos. Pastors are the ones who are called to speak with grace, truth, hope, and love in the middle of this situation.
The question isn’t if your group has a culture. It does. The question, instead, is: What is your group’s culture? This post provides you with 3 questions and actionable answers for how to address your ministry’s culture.
In 1973, Wes Seeliger, an Episcopal Priest, wrote and illustrated a book called Western Theology. I had never heard of it until another student in my doctoral cohort mentioned it in one of our round table discussions. I was intrigued, so I bought a copy to check it out. After reading it, I’m convinced that […]
The most recent reality-business show that caught my attention was Undercover Billionaire on Discovery Channel. I was hooked from the start. In this post, I share 7 ideas I picked up along the way that can help your ministry.
I was sitting at the table, surrounded by a cohort of fellow doctoral students, when the conversation turned to the question of effectiveness. One of the pastors in the cohort was talking about his thesis project. He was leading his congregation through a building campaign that would allow them to do ministry more effectively in the […]
The early Christian movement spread because the first Christians didn’t close themselves off from non-Christians. Perhaps that might also be the key to growing your youth group in today’s post-Christian culture.
New students won’t show up to your ministry if they don’t know about your ministry. That’s why buzz matters. In this post, I share three ways to build buzz and get people talking about your ministry.
In the wake of recent Christian deconversion stories, I felt compelled to post this open letter that I included in my book, Varsity Faith. It’s a plea for practical theology to make its way into youth ministry.
You think your students are growing spiritually. But are they really? After a brief rant, I share a free tool that will help you know what’s really going on with the students in your youth ministry.