How to Know if We’re Modelling or Faking

We’re supposed to model behaviors that we are trying to develop in our team.

The danger is modeling behaviors that aren’t genuine expressions of who we are. This is especially true when it comes to living out our Christian lives in the public. When our public life doesn’t line up with our private life, we aren’t ‘being an example we’re faking or acting. Here are 4 danger areas for me:

4 Reasons Why Events are Important for Your Youth Ministry

I am not a big fan of events.

It doesn’t really matter what the event is.  It could be a concert, sports event, or youth convention. I am not sure if it is the crowds or so many distractions but I find events difficult.

In youth ministry I put my personal feelings aside. The reason?  Glad you asked, because events are important in the life of a youth ministry.

Now you cannot build a youth ministry on events but they are important to the youth ministry. I am reminded of this point once again.  This weekend there is going to be a huge and extremely well run youth convention called YC in my city.  I believe this weekend will be so important to the life of so many youth ministries.

Here are 4 reasons why.

Show Your Students Young Adults Who Still Believe

Not every young adult has abandoned their faith.

Students need to know that the church isn’t just for those 20 somethings who have nothing going on in their life. This short video let’s students hear firsthand from young adults why they believe.

Here’s the video and three quick reasons why you want your students to interact with godly young adults:

Are You Worth Following?  4 Criteria to See If You Are

You are involved in youth ministry.  Therefore I have an assumption that you want to impact the lives of students.  In fact you probably want to mentor some of them.

The simple question I have is, “Are you worth following?

I really don’t care how cool you are or if you are immensely talented.  I am talking about other things; deeper things, things that anyone can have, if they are willing to work for them.

Here are 4 criteria that you need to see if students should be following you or not.

9 Ways to Start Off the New Year Right in Youth Ministry

It’s the beginning of a new calendar year.

This is the season of resolutions and new beginnings.  The truth is that for most of you, it is the middle of your youth ministry year.  No matter, January is still a good time to evaluate and try new things.

Here are 9 suggestions for your youth ministry or for yourself.  They’re little changes that can make a big difference.

3 Ways To Be A Great Youth LEADER and 1 TED Talk

If you’re in youth ministry then you’re in leadership.

It’s really that simple.  The question is, “are you a great leader for a bygone era?”

We need to think differently about leadership for the 21st century.  Students deserve solid leadership for the now and future. Here are 3 things we all need to know and a TED Talk every youth leader needs to see!