The 24-Hour Rule

It didn't take me too long to realize that working in ministry is not an easy job. To start with, we are responsible to help people grow in the most important ways--their relationship with God. That's a giant role that I am glad really falls upon God, but still, He chooses to use you and … Continue reading The 24-Hour Rule

Discipling Your Team

I've written a few blogs over the years about forming, developing, equipping, empowering, and training your team. I've even talked about recruiting and growing your team. All of this is good, but I wanted to bring up something many of us within the church unfortunately leave out of the plan—discipleship. Some of you are wincing … Continue reading Discipling Your Team

Equipping and Empowering Your Team

One of the most important things we are called to do is pull others into ministry, equip them, and empower them to be used by God. The truth, though, is that we have limited bandwidth. So we need to rethink our organizational structure to add more voices and high capacity people. Then we need to … Continue reading Equipping and Empowering Your Team

Realizing More that I Cannot Do this Alone

Below is an excerpt of an article I wrote for the National Network of Youth Ministries' blog. Click the link at the bottom to read the entire piece. What if we did not do youth ministry alone? Yes, we need to network with other youth workers. It should not stop there, though. We should also network … Continue reading Realizing More that I Cannot Do this Alone

Reflections from the Fan Expo Denver 2021

Below is an excerpt of an article I wrote for LoveThyNerd. Click the link at the bottom to read the entire piece. The last 18 months have torn us apart in many ways. At this point, we all know how much the COVID pandemic separated us, forcing us to remain socially distant. On top of that, … Continue reading Reflections from the Fan Expo Denver 2021

Recent Podcast Appearances (Summer/Fall 2021)

Every once in a while, I get an opportunity to be a guest on other podcasts. Here are some of the recent ones from over the past few months. I share them in case you want to listen, but more importantly, I share them to recommend you subscribe to them. Nick Blevins' Family Ministry Podcast … Continue reading Recent Podcast Appearances (Summer/Fall 2021)

10 Tips for Managing Your Student Ministry Volunteer Team

If we are truly going to make an impact on the teens in our community, we cannot do it alone. We need a team. But how do we put together a team, and what do we do with them? I've previously written up a list of tips on how to recruit a great team. Let's … Continue reading 10 Tips for Managing Your Student Ministry Volunteer Team

5 Time Management Tips for Youth Pastors

Below is an excerpt of an article I wrote for Youth Specialties. Click the link at the bottom to read the entire piece. There is only so much time in the day! How am I supposed to get it all done?  I don’t know how many times I have asked myself this question. Seriously, if I … Continue reading 5 Time Management Tips for Youth Pastors