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A Leader’s Loss Of Passion

If I could give only one gift to the youth leaders of today, it would be a fresh dose of passion for the calling we are privileged to live out. It was once said, "The worst bankruptcy in the world is the leader who has lost his passion." And now many years into the youth ministry journey, I agree with these words...but find the answer to this challenge a bit more elusive. How do you reignite passion for the sacred challenge of impacting today's youth culture for Christ? I easily "believe something" about youth ministry. I bet you do too. But often, as my passion...

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FIGHTING MY INNER CONTROL FREAK!

"Control freak!" That's the term we use in youth ministry for senior pastors who won't give us our way or elder boards who veto our latest hot youth ministry idea. But to be honest with you, I have an element of the "control freak" still inside of ME. And from time to time, it has been costly in the progress of our youth ministry. How about you? Let me share some of my thoughts. Excellence is not always as high a goal in youth ministry as participation. Thus, I need to "chill" and let my students own more things—even if the quality is...

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When Criticism Comes Calling

I just left yet another youth pastor. I was trying to be a friend to this youth leader who, in his words, is "getting his head kicked in." The issue? Criticism. And in his mind, a discouraging and deafening amount of it right now. I think that maybe criticism robs more youth leaders of their joy and fulfillment in ministry almost more than anything else. It's not really a question of "Will I be criticized?" The more realistic question is, "How can I be successful in youth ministry while being criticized?" Your grandma really was right when she told you,...

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How Old Is “Too Old” In Youth Ministry?

It's the secret, unspoken fear of many of youth ministry's finest and most experienced leaders...they are concerned that they are getting "too old." Since I myself am a part of the Baby Boomer crowd who remains actively involved in local youth ministry, allow me to give you a few thoughts on this important question. I've wrestled with this mind game often, but in the last few years, I've come to some encouraging conclusions: The typical stereotype of effective youth leaders is blatantly wrong. You know the model I'm talking about...young, cool, athletic, funny, and good looking. Lots of years in...

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Small, Right Choices

Scripture speaks much about the worth of endurance. It seems to celebrate the saints that were considered plodders. Even contemporary business success illustrates the point that there is no magic moment when you want to move from good to great. Company CEOs from Fortune 500 names like Walmart, Pitney Bowes, Walgreens and Wells Fargo, repeatedly stress that big success came very slowly, without the drama that onlookers probably assumed was present. The CEOs said turning points came from a slow, deliberate process of figuring out what needed to be done to create the best future results…and then simply taking those...

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