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.

Youth Ministry That’s More Than Hype

I fell into a trap.

It was an honest mistake. I just wanted to get kids interested in my youth ministry. S0… announcements, games, and activities got louder and crazier. For a time we grew like a weed but just like a weed it began to choke all the healthy stuff we had worked so hard to develop. Our Friday youth night had become the place to meet up to go out and party. I wanted a group with energy and enthusiasm but I was done with the hype: Here’s what I discovered.

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.

5 Ways to Achieve Almost Nothing in Youth Ministry

It’s possible to get next to no return for your hard work.

You can spin your wheels and burn through a week with nothing to show for it. I have managed to do it myself and I’m not proud of it. But I know that I’m not alone. I once had an intern spend 3 days on the youth calendar. I don’t even know how that is possible! What I’m learning that despite “working hard,” it’s possible to get no results. Here’s how.

11 Strategic Steps to Build a Thriving Youth Ministry

Strategic thinking gets results.

You may have a vision or a dream for your group but can you see the steps to get there?

If you’re watching numbers tank and things aren’t working out the way you hoped, there may be a hole in your strategy. Here are strategic steps to build a thriving youth ministry.

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.