Social Media Tips for Leaders

Social Media Tips for Leaders

Social media is a great tool for student ministers. At almost any time of the day, a youth leader can interact with their student. Whether it is reminding them of a youth event, following up on a life event, or tagging the youth kids in a humorous meme, it is a tool to maintain contact throughout the week. Social media is a big part of the lives of this generation and therefore must be important to those that are their leaders.   Be Aware of the Dangers As helpful as social media is for... Read More
Making Necessary Changes in Your Ministry 

Making Necessary Changes in Your Ministry 

Loss is Not Fun Losing something is never fun, but sometimes it’s necessary. Maybe you disagree because you celebrated pretty wildly when you finally broke up with a significant other that was no longer significant. But the process leading up to the loss wasn’t fun, nonetheless. Or maybe you disagree because you couldn’t wait for your child to lose that dingy, germ-filled blankie. But it may not have been a joyous occasion for your little one.  Loss hurts. But we also know that intentional... Read More
Winning with Team Alignment

Winning with Team Alignment

Team alignment can be well described through the sports analogy. Through middle and high school, I played basketball. While I wasn’t the best player you’d ever want to meet, I was pretty decent. In most games, I was a starter and got a decent amount of playing time. By 6th grade, I was 5’7” and incredibly tall in comparison to my teammates. Shaquille O’Neal had just made a big splash into the NBA (I think I just told my age). This was a great opportunity to align myself with the strength,... Read More
What Facebook Knows that Churches Don’t

What Facebook Knows that Churches Don’t

In early January, Mark Zuckerburg made an important announcement regarding changes to the Facebook Newsfeed:  “We’re making a major change to how we build Facebook.  I’m changing the goal I give our product teams from focusing on helping you find relevant content to helping you have more meaningful social interactions.” According to Zuckerburg and the Facebook team, “public content is crowding out the personal moments.”  Memes and viral videos are getting in the way of relationships.  ... Read More
Winning With a Weekly Bottom Line

Winning With a Weekly Bottom Line

We have all heard of the phrase, “information overload,” and I am 99.9 percent sure that each of us have experienced it. In fact, this post just might fall victim to a rapid delete from your inbox simply because you have just had too much “adulting” today! I hate to break it to you but this problem will continually get worse. Pew Research Center survey says, one in three teenagers send more than 100 texts a day. Go ahead, take a few minutes and look at your phone and see what your magic number... Read More