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 …

dealing with expectations in youth ministry

TLH037: Dealing with Expectations in Youth Ministry

What kind of expectations do you find yourself having to navigate? In this episode we talk all about dealing with expectations in youth ministry.  We talk about what some of those expectations are, where they can come from, and what you can do when managing and dealing with expectations in youth ministry.  We also chat about the importance of networking and what the real purpose should be. Links mentioned: Expectations Youth Pastors Have For Churches on Day One 20 Youth Pastor Expectations that Churches Have on Day One After9Ministry podcast @ZacWorkun   Resources mentioned in this Podcast: Remind.com Audible.com – Grab a free 30 …

Secret to having time in youth ministry

The Secret to Youth Ministry When You Have No Time

Having trouble finding time to do all of the things in your youth ministry you feel you should be doing?  Not able to really find time to invest in the students you have? Today I have what may be one of the best kept secrets in youth ministry, and if you’ve never stopped to consider this it may very well change your life.  I’m giving you the secret to youth ministry when you have no time. If you are a volunteer or part-time youth worker I know you definitely feel this struggle.  This problem isn’t simple one that volunteer and …

Must Haves for Longevity in Youth Ministry

TLH036: Must Haves for Longevity in Youth Ministry

When it comes to longevity in youth ministry there are many things that are important to consider.  If you fail to do so, you will never make it in youth ministry over the long haul. In today’s episode you’ll find out some crucial things you need to consider with it comes to your ministry.  These will make or break you. Links mentioned: Benchmarks in your Youth Ministry (blog post) Seasons in your Youth Ministry (podcast episode) Minivan by Foreknown @ChrisTrent YellowShoeTravel.com YM360 Resources mentioned in this Podcast: Consider This by Chris Trent #Struggles: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World Lion of …

How to set goals in youth ministry

TLH035: How to Set Goals in Youth Ministry

Knowing how to set goals in Youth Ministry is extremely important.  Setting the right goals and setting them correctly is even more important. In today’s episode you’ll find how to set goals in your Youth Ministry.  These will help you stay encouraged and moving forward. Links mentioned: Benchmarks in your Youth Ministry (blog post) Seasons in your Youth Ministry (podcast episode) @jodyLivingston The Longer Haul on Facebook Resources mentioned in this Podcast: Audible.com – Grab a free 30 trial and free download of any of the 250,000+ books available on Audible Jesus, Continued…: Why the Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside …