Ask any minister and they’ll tell you, "we could never do what we do without our volunteers." Events, giving talks, leading small groups, being in dramas or skits on retreats... I mean, there's no way that one minister could dress up as the entire cast from the Hunger Games all by themselves. Volunteers really are … Continue reading Share the Vision
I’ve read a lot about strengths and weaknesses. Arguments go back and forth about which we should focus on. However, I’ve experienced that sometimes you find yourself in a position that requires certain skills regardless of whether they even are your strengths or weaknesses. The job of the minister is one such position. Over the … Continue reading Like it or not, you’re a leader!
Part of our job in ministry is to equip others to evangelize. One of the ways we can help our volunteers do that is to have them give talks at our youth nights or on our retreats. You have the potential to empower and equip your volunteers to give great talks. This will help them become … Continue reading 7 Steps to Empower Your Team to Give Great Talks
This post is part 2 in the Efficient Minister Series. Check out Part 1 as it features an overview on why time matters particiularly for ministry leaders. Meetings Some say ‘meetings are a necessary evil.’ While I cannot speak to the totality of that statement, most meetings I attend are not necessary. Communication is necessary, … Continue reading The Efficient Minister: Meetings & Email
The ministry year is in full swing! We're drinking more coffee than ever and have full voicemail inboxes, but to God be the glory! At this point in the fall semester, you might still be searching for volunteers, or you may be realizing that the ones you have still need some help. Today's post is to … Continue reading Volunteer Training, Simplified
Leaders of ministry often lack many resources: volunteers, money, support… the list could be endless. One of the most vital resources is time. The clock is always ticking as the semester, season, or year blazes by … each minute matters. Why Time Matters The biggest reason is because most ministers give even when it is imprudent … Continue reading The Efficient Minister: Events & Voicemail
Ministry is almost as much preparation and planning as it is getting out of the way and letting God work. We must learn how to get out of the way of what God is trying to do in the lives of the youth and volunteers. I have to allow growth, progress, and His plan to take shape. It's not my ministry, but His.
HONESTY Being honest is something we are taught to do from a very young age. There is so much importance in telling the truth and we learn very quickly that people can see through lies. As kids, when we tried to lie, our parents knew it instantly about 99% of the time. This was very … Continue reading The Lying Minister Epidemic
After working as a rookie youth minister for over a year now, I see how this past year has brought so many blessings and opportunities. It's been a year of growth and has changed me for the better. Here’s the top ten things that youth ministry has taught me so far.
This may seem backwards, but you are called to first minister to your volunteers, then to your teens. Your volunteers may need you to show them how to more effectively minister to your teens, but you must pour into your volunteers to help them learn, grow, multiply, and become disciple makers. If you disciple your … Continue reading 8 Steps for a Strong Volunteer Team