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 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. 

How to Stop Baby Sitting Students

How do you know if you have begun to babysit students?

It can happen so easily. Somewhere along the way my ministry turned into a baby sitting service. I didn’t even see it happening. Something changed in me and in them. Here are 7 signs that you are baby sitting and some ways to get out of it.

15 Ideas to Get Every Student Back This Fall

Don’t Assume They’re All Coming Back

It’s a tragedy when we miss the opportunity to get every student back in the fall. This is a great time to get new students but I’ve seen its also a time when some students decide not to come back! Here are 15 quick ideas that many youth workers are using to make sure that every students returns after the summer

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: