The One Thing I Would Never Cut from My Youth Ministry Budget

The One Thing I Would Never Cut from My Youth Ministry Budget

During my first year as a student pastor, I was given an annual ministry budget of $500. Yes, you read that correctly. Just $500 for the entire year. That amount was for 52 weeks of both middle school and high school ministry. So for those of you doing the math at home, that works out to be about $9.60 a week. Yes, you also read that correctly. Given the extremely limited funds, I knew I had to be very strategic on how this money was going to be spent. How much should go toward programming?... Read More

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
How To Not Lose Your Influence

How To Not Lose Your Influence

Many leaders are quietly giving away their influence. Are you? You’ve heard it said that influence is the currency of leadership.  And it’s true.  The more influence you have the better able you are to lead people.  A friend of mine always says, “Never give away influence unnecessarily.”  In other words, think through everything you do, because once influence is diminished, it’s tough to get it back.  But many leaders are, in fact, quietly losing influence.  I say quietly because they aren’t... Read More
3 Ways to Keep Ideas Fresh

3 Ways to Keep Ideas Fresh

We’ve all been there. We sit down at our desk in our office and think, “Okay, brain. We’ve got to come up with a creative way to say this, show this, or communicate this truth or this idea. Let’s make this happen.“ Then. Nothing. It’s a maddening feeling.  Because the last thing we want to do is communicate the same amazing truths, but in the same tired, old way.  But the creative and fresh ideas don’t come.  And we end up pulling out some idea we did last year and making it work again. Fresh... Read More
Saying Goodbye: How To Transition Well

Saying Goodbye: How To Transition Well

Sooner or later, most of us will transition out of the role or the job we are in now. As we all know, where we start is hardly ever where we finish. So when the time comes for us to transition, how do we do it well? How do we set up the church we’re leaving for success? How do we make sure the students we leave behind aren’t devastated or bitter? How can we finish strong? Essentially, the question we’re asking is this: How do we make sure we’re minimizing the potential damage of a bad... Read More
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