Category Archives: Church

Motivating Young People to Get Involved

WHY do young people get involved? HOW do you get them involved? What should we NOT do, when trying to get young people involved? In this short and highly informative YouTube video from last year’s The Summit conference (from Youth … Continue Reading

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Seminary Trained Plumbers

Do you have to be a minister… to do ministry? “What do you want to be when you grow up?” “A fireman.” “A doctor.” “A pastor.” Is one of these more noble than the next? Is only one of these … Continue Reading

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Tickets for Two in Southern CA

This May will be the second year I’ll be speaking at the FAM Conference May 16-18th with my friends Doug Fields and Jim Burns at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California. I’ve got an exclusive discount for all of you … Continue Reading

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The Popularity of Unaffiliated

A new year brings new trends, and one of these growing trends just might be claiming “unaffiliated.” On December 18th, The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life released their newest Global Religious Landscape study. In other words… who believes … Continue Reading

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“I Hate Recruiting” Contest

It’s time for me to give away a few copies of my new book about recruiting & keeping volunteers! (WINNERS POSTED AT BOTTOM OF POST) If you’re involved in church leadership, then you know the power of volunteers. You also … Continue Reading

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Recruiting Help is Still Changing

Five years ago this fall we released the first edition of The New Breed, claiming that volunteers are different… and the way we recruit and manage them needs to be different. Any youth worker, children’s worker, or volunteer manager of … Continue Reading

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The Final 2 Principles for Newbie Youth Pastors

How should a brand new youth pastor begin his or her job in ministry? That’s the subject we’ve been talking about in my last few blog posts, starting with your advice to “Neal Newbie.” Then I suggested there were 5 … Continue Reading

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5 Principles for “Newbie” Youth Pastors- PART II

Last week I asked you to chime in with your advice for my friend “Neal Newbie,” a brand new youth pastor. You all shared some amazing insight. In the next post, I finally chimed in with my two cents, raising … Continue Reading

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5 Principles for “Newbie” Youth Pastors

How should a brand new youth pastor begin his or her job in ministry? A couple days ago I asked for your advice for my friend “Neal Newbie,” a brand new youth pastor in a small church with just two … Continue Reading

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What Would You Advise Neal Newbie?

I have a friend who just started a job as a youth pastor for a small town church. When the church hired him, they were emphatic about two “vital” elements: Don’t change the room. Make sure you let the pastor … Continue Reading

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