When Life Isn’t A Straight Line

Imagine a gigantic timeline. It starts with a plot point on the left and stretches out for miles to the right, only to end with an arrow that indicates an end of sorts, but really no end, as this timeline goes on for eternity. Not hard to imagine, right? Now,…

7 Ways To Discourage and Demoralize Your Staff and Volunteers

*The following is meant to be tongue-in-cheek* When I first started as a youth pastor, the ministry was small and I was solely responsible for every aspect of the program. The first thing I did was recruit some good volunteers and tell them what to do. Our small team did…

Perfect or Growing Leaders? Three Tips To Get You There.

The expectation that we are all highly functioning leaders, at all times, has to die. I certainly don’t want my volunteers trying to live up to that impossible expectation, so we tell our leaders and volunteers that our expectation for them is that they aren’t perfect, just growing.  Yet, when…

3 Tips For Cultivating a Healthy, Fruitful Team-Based Ministry

I believe it was Jethro who came up with the concept of doing team-based ministry first. You remember the unwise, all-too-familiar scene unfolding in Exodus 18 don’t you? Moses, with admirable motives and the greatest of intentions, was wearing himself out –  working morning ‘til evening and frustrating all of…

Do Numbers Matter? 8 Ways To Measure Success In Ministry.

Let’s be honest… We don’t like to talk numbers.  We’re afraid that if we talk about the numbers, then the numbers are the only important thing when measuring the success of a ministry. If we focus on size, then the size of the ministry will determine its value or importance. …

6 Ways To Be Smarter About Difficult Conversations

What is the essence of ministry? How do you define it? A definition we’ve come to appreciate at our church goes like this: Ministry is a series of difficult conversations.  The easy stuff works itself out. But the entrenched patterns, the destructive habits, the corrosive relationships, those don’t seem to…

3 Ways To Mobilize and Show Value To Your Young Adults

Millennial. It’s become something of a dirty word in traditional media and a buzzword to play with in marketing. For others, such as myself, it’s an integral part of our identity. But much more important than articles and buzzwords is the question —  how do we value and mobilize millennials (read:…

How To Provide Pastoral Care Without Burning Yourself Out

I still remember the time I was snared by an article written by Carey Nieuwhof, “How Pastoral Care Stunts the Growth of Most Churches.”  Carey writes, “If pastors could better handle the issue of pastoral care, many more churches would grow. Caring for 30 people personally is possible. Caring for…

10 MORE Things I Would Change

I left my tenure as a local church pastor over three years ago to become the district superintendent of EDA Move. A few weeks back I wrote about some things I would change if I were a pastor again. Now, you’ve heard the statement that goes, “experience is the best…

Megachurches Aren’t Evil: 4 Things I Learned From A “Famous” Church.

Juggling the rolls of EDA Next Gen Director and Apex Director allows me the opportunity to stay connected with youth pastors, high school and college students. I’m always curious to see what they are talking about and what holds their interest.  This summer I had the opportunity to visit a…

Stop Losing Your Young People

I recently came across an article about someone who zealously joined the alt-right movement, quickly rising through the ranks and becoming a well-respected member and moderator of various internet communities devoted to white nationalism. He spent his time befriending Neo-Nazis, and even instructing his family on what to do if…

4 Ways To Live A Fluid Life

Can I be honest with you? I like routine. I can eat the same meal at the same restaurant every week — enjoying it as though it was my first experience. I strategically set my car keys in the same place every day when I arrive home. I pick up…

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