Tag Archives: priorities

How Quitting Saved My Ministry

As of last April, I began having discussions with my Senior Pastor about attending seminary in the fall of 2012.  That gave me over an entire year to do my best to prepare the leadership teams in my youth ministry for the upcoming transition.  Over the past year, I’ve come to realize one unanticipated truth…I am more intentional when I ...

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3 Ways to Make Your Youth Ministry Matter

I’ve been told by well-intentioned youth and parents, “I  will be at UMY if there is nothing on my  schedule.”  Really?  Is that supposed to make me feel better?  You’ll be at UMY if you have absolutely nothing better to do?  Thanks…I think. We all experience it. Every week thousands of members of youth groups choose to participate in activities ...

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The Wannas vs. The Havetas

This article was originally published September 12, 2011. I had a conversation recently with a middle school principal. He was talking about the difficulty of the transition from elementary school for the students as well as the parents. For the students, the challenge is the switch from an almost embryonic environment where they’re surrounded all day (for the most part) ...

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