4 Ways to Move Students Forward in their Faith

I’m in Maui this week fighting with the waves on the beach. (tough job but somebody has to do it!) I got thinking about students who seem to make some progress and like caught in the under tow, get pulled to sea. Instead of progressing some students get worse with age until they finally abandon their faith.

On the other hand there are those. that although they may be pummeled by the same waves of culture and academic expectations, they manage to rise above them and move on with their faith. For many of these students it was because they had a great family and great coach helping them to get up and move on. Here are 4 ways they help move students forward in their faith: 

6 Life-Giving Things To Do In The Next 3 Months

A change of pace is coming,

…if you haven’t already experienced it.  It happens every year around this time.  For the next 3 months I’m sure that for many of you the Youth Ministry calendar is very different.

What I want to urge you to do is take advantage of this change in the Youth Ministry rhythm.

Here are 6 invigorating activities that you could do over the next 3 months.

4 Essential Elements of an Amazing Personal Retreat

You need to do a retreat!

I can already hear you say, “Ugggg, I’m exhausted from the year and have no energy to put on a retreat”.

That’s not the kind of retreat I’m talking about.  You need to go on a personal retreat.  –A retreat where you spend time with God, plan, and fill your empty tank.

In fact I believe an annual personal retreat is a critical piece of your effectiveness and the effectiveness of your ministry.  Think of it as you taking your car to the mechanic or going to the doctor for a checkup.  When these things are done regularly everything runs more effectively and often you can catch problems before they become too big.

Here’s 1 key and 4 elements of a personal retreat a success.

One Question That Will Make You Effective and Provide Sanity

What are you?

I know a weird question.  Maybe a better way to phrase it would be, what are you to your students?

When I first started in youth ministry I didn’t have a clear answer.  As a result, it created havoc in my life.

  •  I didn’t have time for my wife
  • I didn’t have time for the ministry
  • I didn’t have time for the important but not urgent things
  • -I didn’t have time for me

In short, because I couldn’t answer the above question I had very bad boundaries.

So maybe I can help.  In a student’s life, I can definitely tell you the 2 people you cannot be.

4 Strategies to Make Next Year Great Today

I know it’s April but the summer is coming.

In fact you might already be feeling the fatigue of the youth ministry calendar. Don’t worry, the summer is coming!  The summer is not just a time to rest.  It’s also a great time to evaluate and plan for changes in your youth ministry and life. However, if you want to maximize your summer, you need to start planning for it now.

Here are 4 simple strategies you can use to make next year amazing.

3 Ways to be Mentored When You Have No Mentor

Too often I talk to young youth leaders and they are desperate to be mentored.  Unfortunately they find themselves in a situation where the leaders above them are not interested in mentoring them.

Maybe this is you.  Do you want to be mentored but when you look around there are no mentors to be found.  If so, here are 3 ways that you can find that mentorship that you are craving.

Overcoming that Overwhelmed Feeling

Feeling Overwhelmed?

I woke up feeling like there was no way I was going to get over this never ending to do list. Most of the items couldn’t be put off. They needed to get done NOW.

I thought of other parents running from high school activities for their teens and hospitals for their parents, all while constantly receiving emails and updates from work.

The work day doesn’t end. The list of projects and demands doesn’t stop. It’s taxing on the mind and the nerves. Stress accumulates and we are expected to be patient and loving with the people closest to us. That can be asking a lot.

I don’t know about you, but here are a few ways that I have learned to deal with this pressure..