7 Ways to Build a Sustainable Movement

Want to see change? Don’t start a church. Don’t start a business. Don’t hire a bunch of experts. Those things are great. But they are a bit finite in their ability to affect macro-level-change in society. Instead, start a movement of people. And if you really want to see change, start a sustainable movement. As…… Continue reading 7 Ways to Build a Sustainable Movement

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

Freebies for registering early – The Summit

This week we opened registration for The Summit. This is our brand new, TED-like, national youth ministry event. [Here’s the announcement] And, as excited as I am about The Summit, this post isn’t really about the event itself so much as it’s about the type of ministry organization we want to be. Here is a…… Continue reading Freebies for registering early – The Summit

Is your strategy as big as your vision?

Our vision is to provide high quality, age-appropriate experiences which invite every student in our community to experience the Good News of Jesus Christ. This could be the vision statement of any youth ministry team in the country. Like you, I’ve seen vision statements like this in youth ministry literature, on youth group websites, and…… Continue reading Is your strategy as big as your vision?

The Apostles Stayed in the Neighborhood

Did you know that The Way wasn’t the only Jewish cult in Jerusalem in the first century?  Visit a Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit and you’ll learn all about the strict rules and discipline of the Qumran community. While they didn’t have a Messiah figure, they were disciples of a teacher. Who had his own beatitudes…… Continue reading The Apostles Stayed in the Neighborhood

What if we made youth ministry’s goal simpler?

“What’s the goal of your youth ministry? Not like your purpose statement, but why do you do this thing?” I love to ask this question. It usually takes people a few minutes to articulate something they feel comfortable with. And it always sparks a great conversation. The answer to that question typically lands like this,…… Continue reading What if we made youth ministry’s goal simpler?

Youth Ministry is Flatlining

If I were to plot out the average youth ministry attendance in a local church this is probably what it would look like. So when I say, “The way you are doing ministry is failing to reach students. It’s not you, it’s your strategy.” Youth workers look at me and say, “No, that’s not true.…… Continue reading Youth Ministry is Flatlining

Lessons from the Cloud

http://youtu.be/towziIlZk54 I have a fundamental belief that the problems we experience in church leadership are technologically based. It’s not that we have the wrong mission or wrong people, it’s often that we are working on the wrong technologies. (Programs, agendas, projects) You might not see the connections between this presentation and your church. But the…… Continue reading Lessons from the Cloud