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.

The One Thing and Your Youth Ministry

I just read a very interesting book.

Even though it is not specifically about Youth Ministry I do think it would be a huge benefit to you.  In fact I think you should click here and buy it as soon as possible.  It is not a difficult or long read, but it is worth it.

It is called The One Thing.  When you open up the book, the first thing you will read is this Russian proverb;

“If you chase two rabbits you will not catch either one

This is really the message of the book.  The authors argue that if you want to have extraordinary results then you must focus. Here’s what you need to focus on… 

Michael Hyatt’s Trick to Dramatically Improve Your Life

Stuck? Need a change? Try this!

New York Times best selling author, Michael Hyatt, has a simple but powerful solution that anyone can use to dramatically improve their life.

To be honest I was pretty skeptical at first. But as I read his trick and started using it, it made a big difference in my emotions, my outlook and my day!

Here’s what he suggests…

Stop Multi-Tasking and Get More Done

That’s my take-away

from reading Distracted, by Maggie Jackson. 

Researchers have  found that we can’t focus on two things at the same time. They also found that competing thoughts in our head trip us up so that we never get into “the zone.” We skim the surface of a project and lack the deep concentration required to work quickly or produce excellence.

We think that we can do two things at the same time like a juggler who can keep five red balls in the air. What we have is divided attention. It slows us down, produces mistakes, and exhausts our minds.

“But I have so much to get done!!?” Right! That’s why you need to stop juggling 3-5 tasks at the same time and start doing this…

Your Kick Off Check List

 You only get one shot at your first night…

so I know that you want to get it right.

You’ve been thinking about getting it perfect all summer and now you are nailing down the last details. So I scoured the internet to find the best of the best of ideas and came up with a check list for you. Take a look and see how many of the items you have covered. Maybe you can pick an idea or two that you haven’t already thought of…

3 Simple Steps to Planning A Great Year

The summer is an extremely important time for a youth ministry.

Sure, have a break.  Go on holidays, recharge your batteries.

But when you are at the church, I hope you aren’t poking around on social media, letting time tick away.

Right now is the time for you to plan.  I know, the “plan” word sounds so boring.  There are 100 more interesting things that you could be doing.  However, if you plan out your entire year now, it will allow you to be a better youth leader when the Fall hits.
This is how I do it..