I Thought I was Focused

I Thought I Was Focused but I wasn’t

I was in my quiet time and I couldn’t believe it. My mind was straying all over the place. I seemed to lack the ability to concentrate for more than two minutes without my mind straying. No wonder I’ve been distracted lately! In my busyness I let things slip and realized I needed to get back to these 3 laser-like focusing practices…

GIVE Like Santa SAVE Like Scrooge

It’s Time to give and save!

Anyone a certain age in Canada, will remember the Canadian Tire commercials that aired during the Christmas season for two decades. The slogan “Give like Santa, save like Scrooge” became part of pop culture. In these commercials we were told that by shopping at Canadian Tire we could give generously like Santa, while saving money like the miserly Scrooge.  In this line of thought: How can we in youth ministry “give like Santa and save like Scrooge?”

Here are a few thoughts:

10 Simple Tips for the Best Brainstorming Ever

Big Confession: I’ve never considered myself a very creative person.

I’m in awe of those who come up with new and creative ideas at the drop of a hat.  When starting out in ministry I felt like I needed to be the one who came up with the great ideas, and then I realized how misguided I was. I was always looking for the next youth ministry book or idea but then I found the a vast source of creative ideas…. my own group……

Get to the Next Level Using This Evaluation Process

Evaluating your student ministry can be hard for most youth pastors or workers because it causes you to take an honest look at yourself and the ministry that you’re running.  Evaluations can be very intimidating; they are not necessarily a pleasant experience, but a necessary one if you hope to improve. Try this process…  

How to Manage Your Goals

I was buried in a huge writing project.

I put everything else in my life on hold. All my other goals went off the rails. I was sleeping too little, eating the wrong things, never exercising and spending very little time with my family. When I wasn’t working on my project, I was lost in thought still thinking about it. –Not a healthy way to live….
Now, there are too many important things I have to work at to let this happen again. Here’s what I am learning to do.

Three Genius Brain Hacks to Fight Exhaustion

Ford, Edison and Einstein had some interesting habits that kept their minds sharp and creative. What researchers found is that these same habits also kept them alert and motivated! They didn’t struggled with exhaustion because they learned to do these three things.

exhausted

Years ago I read You Don’t Have to Go Home From Work Exhausted by Ann McGee-Cooper. Her book helped me pull out of a slump. It helped me regain energy and enthusiasm for my ministry. There are so many excellent ideas to balance your right and left brain so that you are more able to think, less exhausted and can sleep better at night. Here’s the first idea that really works for me.

4 Powerful Ways That Mindfulness Will Improve Your Life and Ministry

Being all there makes a huge difference…

But recent studies show that most of us aren’t “all there” most of the time! In fact one study by Microsoft shows that most people have a shorter attention span (8 seconds) than a gold fish! Here are 5 powerful ways that practicing mindfulness will improve your life and ministry!