Burnout

My Collision Course With Burnout

I was on a collision course with burnout that was inevitable. Those close to me would have seen it coming. I didn’t. I knew I was skirting dangerously close to an unhealthily load and pace, but I just kept telling myself I could handle it all. I kept saying that is was only for a little while and then things would slow down. They didn’t. For years I served as a bi-vocational youth pastor while working 3 or 4 part time jobs. We had carried a busy load before. Why couldn’t we handle it again. It was after all just for a …

TLH044: Surviving a Downturn in Youth Ministry Numbers

If you stay in youth ministry long enough you will face a season of a downturn in your youth ministry numbers.  Knowing how to push through this and strengthen your ministry in light of it is essential.  If though you manage this well you can actually come out stronger in the end having gone through this. Managing this well helps keep you from being discouraged, helps you communicate what success really is for your ministry, and helps you strengthen those within your ministry.  It isn’t a matter of if this will happen, rather it is one of when it will happen. In …

Secrets to a Great Guest Speaker

TLH043: Secrets to a Great Guest Speaker

Bringing in a guest speaker for you youth can be a great thing…or it can go terribly wrong.  So what are the secrets to a great guest speaker? In this episode Chase Snyder and I tackle this and more.  The secrets to a guest speaker aren’t complicated, but they are really important.  In this interview you’ll learn the things you need to do, ask, and consider BEFORE you bring them in so you can avoid disaster and make sure you bring in a great guest speaker. Links mentioned: MinistryBubble.com Resources mentioned in this Podcast: Evernote Evernote Essentials Slack Trello Fuge Camps …

youth events

7 Secrets to Getting More Students to Sign Up for Your Youth Events

We all want to know the secrets to getting more students to sign up for your youth events right?  You know the feeling.  You’ve spent hours and hours planning an event.  You’ve invested time, energy, money into it.  All of this and then no one really shows up.  Or at least not as many as you’d hoped and planned for. If you’ve been in ministry more than a week or two, you’ve experienced this.  It can be super frustrating and extremely discouraging.  I’ve written before on why your youth ministry numbers matter, as well as, why your youth ministry numbers don’t …

Choosing to Stay in Youth Ministry

TLH042: Choosing to Stay in Youth Ministry When You Can Leave

What happens when you choose stay in Youth Ministry when you could leave?  It won’t take long serving in Youth Ministry before you will hit a point where you feel you could–or should–leave the position you’re in.  Choosing to stay in Youth Ministry, and choosing to stay in your position in Youth Ministry can be really difficult. I’ve written about why you should stay, and why most will leave, but today you’ll hear first hand what happens when choosing to stay in Youth Ministry.  It certainly isn’t easy, but the payoffs can be HUGE. So, what happens when you stay? Today, …

Fighting Pornography Addiction

TLH041: Fighting Pornography Addiction

Fighting pornography addiction is a battle not to be taken lightly.  If you’re in ministry it definitely affects you.  Whether in the lives of the teens you serve, their families, or maybe you’re own personal struggle. It is in many cases the BIG secret that seems all too present in the lives of those we serve, and many times in those that are serving.  That there is no question that it is an epidemic. The days of having to go look for pornography are long gone making fighting pornography addiction even more difficult.  With so many carrying around a smartphone …