How Did We Do?

I’m sitting in Tim Hortons (one of the perks of living in Canada) and there’s a sign staring at me. It reads, “How did we do?” What an important question but one that most youth and young adult ministries never ask.

No wonder, because most churches don’t ask it either! But what an important question! If you’re not getting honest feedback from your people you are walking blind. Here are vital areas you should be getting regular feedback on. (and a quick survey that you can use!)

5 Reasons Why I Still Believe in Youth Ministry

photo credit momentum youth

There are some leaders who blame successful youth ministries for the exodus of young adults from the church. I disagree. Other leaders suggest that shutting down youth ministries would help students stay longer in church. I don’t think this is the way to go. In fact, here are 5 reasons why every church needs a healthy youth ministry.

4 Lessons from my Retreat Disaster

It’s a youth pastor’s nightmare.

Your retreat speaker cancels at the last minute and despite your own bronchitis, you still have to be the speaker and worship leader. I wouldn’t wish it on an enemy and yet… there I was. This was just one of the things that went terribly wrong on my first retreat…

Parent’s Meeting on Social Media

Here’s my outline for a parents meeting that I am doing on Friday night. I thought you may want to run a similar session for parents in your area. Use some or all of this. Make sure that you provide plenty of time for parents to interact with each other and to ask questions. Here’s the the outline and a power point you can download. 

5 Powerful Ways to Teach without Talking

If you teach twice a month for 20 minutes you are not going to affect much life change. If you recognize that learning by hearing is one of the poorest ways to get people to remember what you have taught then you may want to look at other ways to get your point across. And if you consider that beside Jesus’ excellent teaching he used other very powerful teaching methods you may want to put some of these 5 powerful teaching methods in place this fall.

Discover Your Personal Advantage

Hey There,
God has created you specially for what he has called you to do! But, do you know exactly what your personal strengths are?
I just took the Fascination Advantage® assessment, an insightful assessment about how the world sees you at your best. Sally Hogshead, the genius behind the assessment, is offering this test free of charge!

It turns out that I’m “The Diplomat.” I learned a lot about myself in the takeaways from the assessment, and I want to make sure you get the chance to learn the same about yourself, too. It will take you less than five minutes!

5 Major Characteristics to Develop in Students This Year

Start with the end in mind.

This is one of Steven Covey’s principles in Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and great advice for running your youth ministry. After 3 or 4 years in your high school group, what should your grads look like? What qualities are you going to nurture in their lives? What characteristics do you want your volunteers to model for your students? What can you do this year to move your students in this direction? Here are the 5 main characteristics to develop.