4 Lessons from my Retreat Disaster

It’s a youth pastor’s nightmare.

Your retreat speaker cancels at the last minute and despite your own bronchitis, you still have to be the speaker and worship leader. I wouldn’t wish it on an enemy and yet… there I was. This was just one of the things that went terribly wrong on my first retreat…

Better Planning for a Better Fall

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Weird right?

Yet we often do exactly that! If you want to have a better fall, now is the time to plan to make the most of each moment. Here are a few enhancements that you can make to your planning that will help your group to do better in the fall.

5 Amazing Things You Can Do When No One Shows Up

It looked like a total bust.

We planned an indoor beach party in February and hardly anyone showed up. I was thinking, ‘this is a total disaster.’ The student leaders had worked hard at making a beach volleyball game, a beach themed photo booth, and special slushies with fancy umbrellas. Sadly, only the student leaders showed up. I wish I knew then what I know now about what to do when nobody shows. Here are 5 things you can do:

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.

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..