Leading a Volunteer from a Fan to a Raving Fan

We all know that ministry would be next to impossible without amazing volunteers. And from what I’ve seen, most of the work in volunteerism and most of the questions that are asked about volunteers happen on the recruiting side. While that’s great and definitely important, recruiting volunteers can kind of be like dating before you’re married: You’re willing do just about anything to get the person to marry you. In some cases, it’s basically smoke and mirrors in hopes you can trick them into... Read More
RYM 037: Hiring Youth Ministry Staff Without Paying Them

RYM 037: Hiring Youth Ministry Staff Without Paying Them

As a youth worker and ministry leader, you have countless tasks, responsibilities, and projects that need to get done each week in your youth ministry. The bad news? You’re just one person. The good news? Your high capacity volunteers can help! This week, join ministry leaders for a conversation about identifying high capacity volunteers, inspiring volunteers to do more, and hiring “volunteer staff” without paying them. How to listen: iTunes | Google Play | Stitcher | SoundCloud |... Read More
Why Influnsr?

Why Influnsr?

Once upon a time there lived a pencil maker. Not just any pencil maker, mind you. The absolute, unequivocally greatest pencil maker in the history of pencils. His attention to minute detail was legendary. His ability to take a raw resource and create a beautiful, masterful tool was unparalleled. Each pencil was his own work of exquisite artistry. He simply made no mistakes. Just before placing each perfectly completed pencil into a box, the master pencil maker would take each pencil aside and... Read More
RYM 036: What Should I Do With My Student Leaders?

RYM 036: What Should I Do With My Student Leaders?

Raising up student leaders in your youth ministry is no small task. In fact, it requires a lot more time, energy, and planning than you might think you have time for. However, it’s actually one of the biggest investments you’ll make—not only in your youth ministry, but also in the next generation. On this episode, join ministry leaders for a conversation all about identifying, training, and empowering students in your ministry to become the leaders and influencers they have the potential to... Read More
My Experience with Pastoring Students in the Juvenile Justice System

My Experience with Pastoring Students in the Juvenile Justice System

By Cory Sullivan, Youth Pastor at Wheatland Community Church in Rush, NY  There has not been a more life-shaping experience for me than pastoring students in the juvenile justice system. These are the youth that society has forgotten—the  ones that have been labeled monsters and even pushed to the margins. And believe it or not, that’s what makes it such a great opportunity for any pastor. These teenagers have talents, passions, hopes, and dreams, just like the teenagers that sit in your youth... Read More
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