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Top 10 Keys to Longevity in Youth Ministry

Top 10 Keys to Longevity in Youth Ministry

I received this question from a youth worker in December: I am speaking at a youth ministry event on Longevity in Ministry. I would love to hear back from you on what your top 10 secrets of longevity in ministry are? Here’s what I wrote in response (in no particular order): Embrace humility. Ask people [...]

6 Ways Your Church Can Be Interactive

6 Ways Your Church Can Be Interactive

Our world is quickly becoming an interactive world because of social media. One-way broadcasting is being replaced with multi-way conversations. People no longer passively consume media. They interact with it. They talk back through Twitter, Facebook, text messages, and more. Your church needs to become more interactive if you want to connect with people and stay relevant. [...]

Boys can sing? Boys can sing!

Boys can sing? Boys can sing!

One of the most frequently asked questions to me is “how do I get the boys to participate in worship?” It seems it’s an area that way too many churches struggle with. It can be for a variety of reasons which we’ll discuss. Last month I was leading worship at a church in St. Louis. I looked [...]

3 Innovations Youth Ministry Must Make

3 Innovations Youth Ministry Must Make

Here are a handful of innovative movements I long to see in youth ministry and am committing myself to. Go organic. Buy local. Youth ministry simply must become more organic and local. Of course, your practice of youth ministry is local, but I’m addressing the whole engorged body of thinking and resourcing and modeling in [...]

Placing Value on Children’s Worship

Placing Value on Children’s Worship

As I’ve traveled the country, I’ve experienced first hand many children’s worship experiences. I’ve also talked to hundreds of leaders about their worship programs. However I’m saddened by what I’ve seen and heard. Here’s why. Music in our services and program should be more than a time filler. It’s more than just background noise and a way to [...]

We Need Some Painful Disruption in Youth Ministry

We Need Some Painful Disruption in Youth Ministry

Last fall, a friend of mine sent me this quote in a Google chat: The major advances in civilisation are processes that all but wreck the societies in which they occur. – Alfred North Whitehead And, immediately, I started thinking of youth ministry. And this is what came to mind: I don’t like pain. I [...]