Manage Your Energy
Time management is a myth; it’s our energy that needs managing. If you have a high output of energy night planned, get all the boring admin stuff you need to get done in the morning. If you are in “shopping” mode, make sure and grind it out; get all of it done, don’t hold anything back.
If you need to do your message prep without interruption, don’t plan on getting that done when the everyone is around at your church. You might need to peel off to a coffeeshop with a big ol’ hoodie on.
If you aren’t taking a Sabbath, sis, brah, you need to. And don’t couch your Sabbath in a “Bible study” with your youth kids or a high school road trip. Nope. The Sabbath is for you to recharge.
Continue reading A Youth Worker’s Guide to Productivity
The Youth Cartel‘s recent release, “4 Views on Pastoring LGBTQ Teenagers,” is critical reading for anyone connected to youth ministry. I’ll be honest; I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. When they first announced it as an upcoming book, I assumed it would be like most contrasting views books; a debate on whether or not youth ministry should minister to LGBTQ teens. I was wrong; this book assumes that as people created in the image of God, every church has a divine calling to minister to LGBTQ teens. This book is not a theological debate, rather, it is a presentation of a range of approaches to practical ministry with young people.
Continue reading Matthew McNutt reviews “4 Views on Pastoring LGBTQ Teenagers”
Since a number of our authors are from the Philadelphia area, plus– Marko and Adam both really enjoy cheesesteaks, we thought we’d celebrate with a storewide sale.
Continue reading The Eagles won! Save 20% off our entire store now through Wednesday
hey good people — we’ve finalized the seminars for the inaugural Multi-Site Youth Ministry Campference in January. there are only 8 of them (2 rounds of 4 each), because we also have a program element called “Multi-Site Issues Dialogues” where participants will rotate through four pre-selected topical discussions on common issues facing youth workers in multi-site churches.
the topics for the Multi-Site Issues Dialogues are:
- Multiple sites, multiple sizes
- Creating & Maintaining Culture
- Defining Our Model (including reporting relationship, standardization, etc)
- Naming our Common Tensions
AND, the seminars are:
- Kurt Johnston — An up close look at Saddleback’s model
- Tom Shefchunas — How you define church defines your model.
- Kevin Libick — Interviewing 101: What you can and can’t learn from asking the right questions of a potential hire?
- Megan Bagnall — Helping Struggling and Smaller Sites
- Marko — Leading Change
- Kent Bjurstrom and Kurt Brodbeck – Developing and maintaining a strong relationship between central YM boss and site youth worker
- EJ Swanson — Scaling Youth Ministry for Sites from 30 to 3000.
- Christopher “Taffy” Tafalla — Multiplying Your Music/Worship Strategy
About 5 years ago I was serving alongside our missions partner in Haiti and this thought came to mind: We need to bring this partnership thing to Baja.
Continue reading Join us for an amazing week of ministry in Ensenada or Tijuana!
Hey folks — we just finalized the list of seminars for this year’s Middle School Ministry Campference. As usual, it’s going to totally rock!
It’s coming up super fast (October 13 – 15), and late rates kick in this coming Sunday. So get your reg on!
Continue reading Seminars at this year’s Middle School Ministry Campference
Starting this Fall I’m helping our missions partner, Praying Pelican Missions, get started in Tijuana and northern Baja, basically within 2 hours of the San Diego border.
Continue reading TAKE THE SURVEY: Help Us Do Mexico Missions Right
Details at a glance:
- January 9 – 11
- Orange County CA
- All-inclusive price: $300 – $365
There has been an explosion of churches moving to a multi-site approach in the last few years. Understandably, a church’s decision to move to a multi-site approach is rarely (if ever) driven by the mission of the youth ministry. And as such, youth workers in these churches are often scrambling to figure out best practices, formats and structures, success metrics, and all sorts of other variables.
Continue reading Announcing the Multi-Site Church Youth Ministry Campference
The Youth Ministry Coaching Program changes lives. For reals. Here are a couple of the most recent responses we’ve received from people who just completed the program:
Continue reading update on available spaces in the Youth Ministry Coaching Program
Note: Do to the nature of my trip and in an effort to protect the privacy of my hosts I’m not able to share specifics in this format. If you have specific questions about my trip please contact me via email.
“I’m so happy to be here, I never thought I’d have the opportunity to visit with you.” This is all I could come up with last Sunday when handed the microphone. I never even considered visiting Cuba as a possibility so I had no idea what to expect.
So what did I discover? Here are some snapshots.
Continue reading 6 Nights in Cuba