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 …

ministering to introverted students

TLH040: Ministering to Introverted Students

In ministry we are constantly finding ourselves ministering to many different types of people.  This seems especially true in youth ministry. One group that is often lost in the mix are introverts.  Ministering to introverts brings a unique set of challenges.  Doing so effectively requires intentionality and thoughtfulness in every aspect of our ministries. Added to this the fact that many youth pastors are closet introverts who feel the pressure to be an extrovert, and suddenly we find ourselves conflicted ourselves.  Everything around us seems to be aimed at and geared toward the extrovert making ministering to introverts even more …

Youth Pastors Are Not

Three People Youth Pastors Are Not

As youth pastors and youth workers we wear a lot of hats.  We often end up taking on a ton of random tasks and responsibilities and filling a lot of different roles. There are some roles however that we should not fill.  Some of these are rather obvious, some of these are roles we’d rather not fill anyway, and then there are some that we sometimes drift into even when we don’t intend to. In particular there are three “people,” we will call them, that youth pastors are not.  To be transparent here, I’m hesitant to write this post, because …

Organized in Youth Ministry with Evernote

TLH039: Staying Organized in Youth Ministry with Evernote

Struggle with staying organized in youth ministry?  How can you keep track of everything without going crazy along the way?  How can you keep track of all those receipts?  Wait…anyone else struggle with losing these?  No?  Just me?  Oh, okay. If you have been around the blog or the podcast for a day or two you probably know by now that I LOVE Evernote.  It literally keeps me sane…and employed. Without question Evernote is the most used tool in my toolbox.  So as you can imagine, having the guru of Evernote on the podcast today makes me a bit giddy. Today, Brett …

Productivity

How I Get It All Done: The Never-Ending Struggle For Productivity

“How do you get it all done?” For the last several years anyway, I’ve been running the Longer Haul website, creating courses for the website, managing an email list (join the others already on it here), creating, recording, editing the Longer Haul Youth Ministry Podcast, being husband to my wife, dad to my four kiddos, taking 12+ hours of class per semester trying to finish a degree (now THAT is this never-ending struggle), and oh, I am a full-time Student Pastor overseeing middle school, high school, and college ministries. Whew!  Honestly, I get overwhelmed just reading that myself.  The never-ending …

Getting the Most Out of a Youth Ministry Conference

TLH038: Getting the Most Out of a Youth Ministry Conference

Ever feel overwhelmed at a Youth Ministry Conference?  I know I do. There’s always so much to do.  There’s so much to see and hear.  Often times if I’m honest I come back more tired than when I left rather than being refreshed and encouraged.  Many times I even return a bit discouraged after hearing all of the things I feel like I should be doing in my ministry and can’t do. Today, Rick Lawrence from Group Publishing and Simply Youth Ministry, shares some helpful tips to getting the most out of your next Youth Ministry Conference. And these aren’t your …