The 48 Hour Self-Retreat – How to plan your Fall 2012 Ministry Strategy

It’s August 1st.  For most youth ministries things really kick off in 30 days. That means in the next 30 days you need a publishable Fall calendar, you need to check in with all of your volunteers to make sure they are coming back, and you need to host a volunteer training meeting as well…… Continue reading The 48 Hour Self-Retreat – How to plan your Fall 2012 Ministry Strategy

Getting Started in Investing, part one

I’d like to let my youth ministry friends in on a dirty little secret. While pay has dramatically improved for youth workers in the past two decades the most consistent reason people leave youth ministry once they reach their mid 30s and above is mounting financial pressure. In other words, there are some glass ceilings…… Continue reading Getting Started in Investing, part one

Digging out and shaking off

Digging through paperwork and trying to find missing reciepts for tax time exposed that there was one big area of my life that I had just ignored for 6-7 months: The move’s impact on our finances. We did fine through the move. We’re doing fine now. And like I’ve mentioned before, we’re taking all the…… Continue reading Digging out and shaking off

Planning for Entropy

A key component to the second law of thermodynamics is entropy. Entropy is the scientific principle that all systems will eventually go from order to disorder. Entropy allows mathematics to explain dissipation within a system boundary. In the first law of thermodynamics, energy is never lost in a macrosystem. But in a microsystem, entropy explains…… Continue reading Planning for Entropy