Stop Trying to be God! (DYM 200)

Most of the time, it takes me a few days to process a conference to find the one or two big ideas that God wanted to tell me. Lately, though, He has been more clear (or maybe I've been more in tune), and DYM 200 was no exception. There was a distinct message I believe … Continue reading Stop Trying to be God! (DYM 200)

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Major Themes from the Global Leadership Summit 2018

Last week, I had the privilege of attending one of the simulcast locations for the Global Leadership Summit with a large portion of our church staff. Not only was it in a beautiful location -- nestled in Estes Park, surrounded in the Rocky Mountains -- but it was also great to hear great insight from … Continue reading Major Themes from the Global Leadership Summit 2018

Creating a Volunteer Strategy in Student Ministry (OC18)

The longer I am in student ministry, the more I realize that there are so many things involved in making it happen. You have all the more traditional things like teaching, games, worship, trips, and regular communication, but you also have other elements that have been added over time. In many settings, the student ministry … Continue reading Creating a Volunteer Strategy in Student Ministry (OC18)

What if… Just Jesus? (OC18)

As I've mentioned before, this year's theme at The Orange Conference 2018 was "One Voice." The idea behind this is that we can do more when we work together. This thought is applicable to many situations, but there was one that stood out to me more than some others -- that we should work together … Continue reading What if… Just Jesus? (OC18)

Learning to Layer and Let Go (OC18)

Going into The Orange Conference 2018, I knew the theme was about working together. When it came to the workshops, though, I chose them a couple months ago. I picked them by just focusing on where I thought I needed some help. At this point, the conference is just over halfway complete, and I've been sensing … Continue reading Learning to Layer and Let Go (OC18)

Don’t Forget about Yourself (YMLX 2018)

As the Youth Ministry Leadership Exchange came to a close, the team from Orange, DYM, and Fuller urged us to turn our focus inward. While we all probably agree that we should put God first and others second by serving them, so often in ministry, we completely about ourselves. And yes, we should be serving, … Continue reading Don’t Forget about Yourself (YMLX 2018)

Creating Safe Places in our Ministries (YMLX 2018)

Day 3 at the Youth Ministry Leadership Exchange started to bring it home and get a lot more practical. Tom Shefchunas and an expert panel talked about the real parts of ministry -- how are we creating safe environments for students to share their struggles? Tom started by sharing some of the questions he has been … Continue reading Creating Safe Places in our Ministries (YMLX 2018)

Partnering with Parents (YMLX 2018)

As day 2 of the Youth Ministry Leadership Exchange came to a close, we moved to the topic of parents. Specifically, we talked about the importance of partnering with them in our student ministries. It all started with a comedy routine from Andy Stanley's son, Andrew, who was hilarious. Then, Kara Powell, Kristen Ivy, Reggie Joiner, … Continue reading Partnering with Parents (YMLX 2018)

Keys to Connecting with our Culture (YMLX 2018)

One of the topics the leadership beyond the Youth Ministry Leadership Exchange felt it was important to tackle was that of culture. More specifically, before we headed to dinner on day 2, we talked about how to connect with the culture around us. Jeremy Del Rio, Jon Acuff, Dave Adamson, and a panel of experts … Continue reading Keys to Connecting with our Culture (YMLX 2018)

Building, Equipping, and Empowering a Student Ministry Team (YMLX 2018)

Day 2 was packed with great information and encouragement at the Youth Ministry Leadership Exchange. On top of change, we also talked about our teams and the importance of equipping and empowering them in order to set them up for success. Student ministry is much larger than just me, the lead youth worker. We need … Continue reading Building, Equipping, and Empowering a Student Ministry Team (YMLX 2018)