Why You Must Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

I love this amazing story

Charles Blondin was a tightrope-walker who in 1860 strung a tightrope across the Niagara Falls.  Before thousands of people he inched his way from the Canadian side of the falls to the United States side. He walked across the falls, several times… each time with a different daring feat – once in a sack, on stilts, on a bicycle, in the dark, and blindfolded. One time he even carried a stove and cooked an omelet in the middle of the rope!

He finally went across, pushing a wheelbarrow holding a sack of potatoes.  When he got to one side he shouted “I am Blondin! Do you believe in me?” The crowd shouted back, “We believe! We believe! We believe!

Again, he quieted the crowd, and once more he shouted to them, “I’m going back across the tightrope, but this time I’m going to carry someone in the wheelbarrow. Do you believe I can do that?” The crowd yelled, “We believe! We believe!  He quieted them one more time, and then he said, “Who will be that person?” The crowd went dead. Nothing.

The point of the story is blatantly clear: Thousand’s people stood there that day chanting, “We believe, we believe!” but no one really believed in him and was willing to step out of their comfort zone. Here’s why you absolutely must…

Get Unstuck in Your Devotions

It is going to happen.

You’re going to get stuck with your devotions. You will feel that it has become a meaningless ritual and you’d rather not do them. At the same time you know that this is the source of your life and ministry. How can you get unstuck and find vitality in them? These ideas have worked for me when I had given up on devotions or was just going through the motions.

Make the Most of the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Are you ready for it…?

One of my favorite commercials is the Staples commercial the shows a Mom dancing through the aisles of Staples picking up school supplies while her children are walking behind her with dread on their faces.  All to the song “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”

It’s hilarious watch it here! Click

This is marketing at its finest!  It’s hard to believe that September is here and not only is school starting, but youth ministries are also getting ready to kick off a new season.  I always loved this time of year; it’s a time of anticipation of what God is going to do in the lives of the students. As you look forward to the new season, what steps should you take?

6 Steps to Improve Your Relationship with Your Lead Pastor

Are you killing this important relationship?

Too often student ministry pastors don’t work on their relationship with the lead pastor.  If you’re not careful you may miss these important steps to develop a growing and healthy relationship.  The lead pastor can be your biggest ally, advocate, and supporter! Like any relationship, this one needs to be developed. It is going to take time, understanding and trust. Here are the 6 steps I’ve found the most useful.

One Simple Principle That Helped Me Survive Student Ministry

I was a bad fit for student ministry.

I had never intended to go into it. I was more interested in world relief or overseas missions as I went through college. My mind and soul were fed on the work of missionaries like Hudson Taylor, C.T. Studd and Mother Theresa. I saw no purpose in entertaining students or having fun. Even worse, I was a happy introvert, who would much rather work on an essay than be at a party. The demands of Student Ministry seemed polar opposites of who I was as a person and what I felt called to do with my life.

Then everything changed….

What A HUGE Mistake!  Six Lessons I Learned From it.

What a huge mistake!

I moved to my new office at Vanguard College recently. My daughter and I were decorating it with all my Coca Cola memorabilia. I‘ve been collecting Coke items for years.  I have bottles and cans from all over the world and from different eras.  One of the cans in my collection is a can of original Coke, before Coca Cola made one of the biggest mistakes in it’s history. 

6 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started in Youth Ministry

I thought I knew what I was doing but…

… I realized I had a lot to learn!

I was recently looking through some old pictures of all the different youth ministries I’ve had the privilege to lead. After over 20 years in youth ministry, I’ve had my share of successes and failures.  There are many things that I wish I had known way back when I started. Here are 6 of them.

The Bullied Youth Worker

Are you being bullied ? 

We are very concerned when a student is being bullied but would we notice if it was happening to us? As I hear stories from my students who have gone into youth ministry in the past 23 years, some have left because they felt bullied and were unprotected. Here are some of the ways that you may experience bullying in youth ministry and what you can do about it.