A spiritual leader is only as effective as his/her spiritual health. And likewise, your faith reflects your ministry. Where you are with Jesus, reflects where your ministry, as a whole, is with Jesus. You cannot effectively pour out of you what has not been poured into you. Without spiritual, emotional, and physical self-care, you areContinue reading “5 Ways You Are Becoming an Unhealthy Leader”
If you’ve been in ministry or leadership for any amount of time, you know how easy it is to burn out. And while burning out is a scary thought, I believe leading a ministry WHILE burnt out is even scarier. Unfortunately, the world is full of ministry leaders leading while burnt out. We lead, because it’s our job,Continue reading “Burning Out and Finding Healthy Rhythms in Ministry”
When I started out in Student Ministry over 13 years ago, I knew what I didn’t know, and one of the things I knew I didn’t know was how to put together an effective weekend retreat. So, naturally, I looked around for retreats or weekend conferences I could just take my students to. Although, itContinue reading “5 Best Decisions About Planning a Retreat”
If you’ve been in Student Ministry for longer than 2 days, then chances are you’ve experienced the emotional & spiritual roller coaster that comes with the job. It might even start on Day 1…”Woohoo, I have a job!” “Oh no, this is what I get paid?!” Or possibly it’s a season, where attendance is high,Continue reading “Dealing with the Highs and Lows of Student Ministry”
If you haven’t read Part 1 of this post, click here to read WHY Short-Term Mission Trips in Student Ministry. In that post, we covered why it’s important to do short-term mission trips in Student Ministry. But how do we plan a trip, especially if we don’t have a large budget? What if I toldContinue reading “HOW Short-Term Mission Trips in Student Ministry? (PART 2)”
Mission trips, in general, are a very interesting concept within the local church. There has been criticism that mission trips don’t do enough good, as in they are not worth the amount of money spent to go on them. For example, taking a team of 15 to another country for 7 days could cost $2,000/person,Continue reading “WHY Short-Term Mission Trips in Student Ministry? (PART 1)”
Student Ministry can be emotionally draining. One of the reasons it’s so draining, is because every summer, you have to say goodbye to students you’ve had for several years. Students you’ve come to know and like really well, students you’ve poured into for years, students who have been leaders in the ministry, and even babysitters toContinue reading “3 Ways to Keep Seniors Engaged in Youth Group”
The Student Ministry Calendar is extremely busy, especially compared to all other ministries in the church. It can be exhausting just looking at a yearly or even a summer student ministry calendar. You have outreach events, discipleship events, community events, worship events, serving events, camps, retreats, mission trips, and then you multiply all of thatContinue reading “3 Ways to Planning Events w/Intentionality”
I’m not the best reader. I always had a difficult time in school keeping up with all of the required reading. I actually took a speed-reading class in college to get better, but I couldn’t keep up with that either. Sometimes I wish that all the books I want to read would just be laidContinue reading “Read to Lead”
Who likes diets? I mean seriously, I cannot think of anyone who likes them. The best thing about diets is that the very nature of a diet is that it is temporary. Usually whenever I go on a diet, I do a 10, 20, or 30-day diet. I can typically handle a diet, because IContinue reading “Are Your Students on the Jesus Diet?”
Transitioning in life is never easy, no matter what the transition. While it may be exciting, it doesn’t mean there aren’t challenges. Think of all the transitions you go through in life: starting school, changing schools, going to college, starting new jobs, getting married, having kids, changing jobs, changing positions in jobs. Some of theContinue reading “4 Keys to Help Students Transition into Your Ministry”
Cheating is word that I typically associate with apathy & laziness. And if I’m being honest, those are two traits that I really struggle with. But more often than not, we find ourselves cheating when we don’t prepare, care, or share. And when it comes to ministry and family, it’s possible that we are cheating theContinue reading “Are You Cheating?”
Is it possible to live at home with mom & dad forever? Ten years ago, the answer would be, “Who would want to? Give me my license, and give me my freedom.” Today, though? I would say, “Yes, it is possible.” More and more kids are living at home longer, delaying getting their driver’s license,Continue reading “A Student Ministry Bridge to Nowhere”
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