Avoiding The Pastor Disaster

Keeping with our theme of not shooting ourselves in the foot through self inflicted conflict., I share 5 ways to avoid conflict with your Pastor. In my naive days, I thought the youth ministry was my world, my silo, separate from other ministries. In reality, the only reason we have this full time, professional, role…

My 2000th Tweet!

Just posted my 2000th tweet! In honor of this momentous occasion I am giving away 20 youth ministry resources. I have some new forms, tools to connect with students, and a few new messages. How to get these resources? Just sign up for the Get It First Youth Ministry Newsletter I look forward to connecting…

How Strong Is Your Foundation?

It’s simple, you can’t build a 2200 sq. ft house on a 100 sq. ft foundation and yet we have all tried. We’ve tried to build on hype and hype is short lived. Those who want to build their youth ministry large, must build the foundations wider an deeper. Scripture says, ” When the foundations…

Worship: Pardon The Interruption

I was in a prayer meeting with six or seven students. One of the leaders brought an IPhone to play worship music on. I do this often as well but tonight the inevitable happened; in the middle of a song the phone rang, later you could hear an email come through, then a Words With Friends…

Failure Is An Option

I was told numerous times in staff meetings over the years that failure is not an option. But it is and it should be. Usually this slogan is centered around: a big church event keeping your job growing the church or youth ministry (see #2) This is small thinking at it’s worst. Failure in these…