• 6 Rhythms to Establish Missional Living

    At the recent Flinch conference, Pastor Kalownaski encouraged pastors and church leaders to embed a missional lifestyle into our daily habits. His six takeaways allow us to glimpse life-on-life ministry as simple and attainable. “We have one life.” He shared.  “How we spend it has little to do with you or me –it is aboutContinue reading →

  • $1,000 Ideas; Maximizing Leadership Conferences

    Attending leadership conferences is quite an investment. With travel, registration fees, and accommodations it can easily cost hundreds if not up to a thousand dollars to attend. So how can you come away from these events refreshed, energized AND with $1,000 ideas? Start with a plan…

  • Intentionally Seeking Vital Ministry Opportunities

    Renowned Business Expert, Stephen Covey introduced the world to his Time Management Matrix. The goal of utilizing this tool was to visualize what priorities you and your team place on various types of tasks.

  • How To Implement Post-Event Processing

    I just completed Momentum Youth Conference with my students. It was a deeply impactful time for each one of my youth. While I would love to keep them inside of a safe environment that a missions trip, student conference, or weekend retreat offers–I know it isn’t practical. Instead, I am aware that the implementation phaseContinue reading →

  • Sample Questions for Pastoral Search Teams

    Here is the list of what I think are important questions for an interview for a pastor (or a pastoral staff member, with appropriate adaptations). Three giant issues here are the strong initial investigation, the thoroughness and uniqueness of the various interviews, and the last step of two full Sundays at the church preaching, withContinue reading →

  • Navigating Conflict in the Church

    It’s a fact of life that wherever two or three are gathered together, there will be conflict. Below are some general principles about conflict that have worked well in the congregations I’ve served.

  • Utilizing Personality Tests in Leadership Development

    While there are a host of so-called “tests” which are floating through the internet today, claiming to be able to tell the user about his or her personality–amidst the flood of “just for fun” assessments, there are also a few helpful sites which can aid you in helping your students and or leadership team understandContinue reading →

  • Top 10 Youth Ministry Websites

    With the midpoint of summer past, many youth workers are turning their attention towards back-to-school bashes, focusing on vision for the year, and planning fall events. On Mission Insights would like to come alongside of you to make ministry simple by offering a few key resources and sites which offer great places to start. HereContinue reading →

  • Guilty Vacationing: The Refuel of Getting Away

    Summer heightens the clash of the work/life balance. When trying to look at how to fit in ministry opportunities available because of the summer months, mixed with family vacations, reunions, sports, and getaways–it looks overwhelming. The pressure of responsibility and an opportunity to refuel rise to the surface–and it can leave you feeling torn. SometimesContinue reading →

  • What is Mentoring?

    Simply defined: mentoring is the process of helping people to see who they can become. As I coach and consult with Youth Pastors, I keep these tips in mind as I guide them:

  • Fan the Flame: Gaining Momentum of Short-Term Missions

    Summer is a time of celebration within many churches. The opportunities for outreach, missions trips, and short-term projects rise throughout this time of the year. Here are a few ways to celebrate your teams and capitalize on the growth and development gained during such times:

  • Coaching Students to See like Jesus

    Sight is everything. Our perspective of world–our mindset, experiences, and views are forged from what we see. As a  youth pastor, I am often asking myself, “How can I coach my students to see like Jesus did?”

  • Identifying and Building Future Leaders

    Developing versus harvesting future leaders is a committed process. It is easy to take note of experienced, mature leaders and simply assimilate them into your ministry, program, or church. Yet what the body of Christ needs is for the development of future leaders to become of great importance to those who shepherd the flock. TakeContinue reading →

  • Helping Parents Process Summer Trips

    After months of fundraising, anticipation, and setting aside things to pack–summer has arrived and students are heading in all different directions at camp, summer missions trips, summer conferences, and trips. But after all of that buildup –how many students rush home to parents who ask, “How did it go?!” only to get a shrug orContinue reading →

  • Positioning a "Big Ask" with your Lead Pastor

    All too often, within ministry there is an assumed amount of tension between Lead Pastors and Youth Pastors. While I do not believe it exists in all churches–as we seek to “make ministry simple” in today’s article we are going to discuss quick advantage points which you can bring to the table before there isContinue reading →

  • Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone

    Just the title alone may have you ready to turn the opposite direction. Very few people get excited about leaving an area of comfort and ease. And yet–the vital importance of living life to the fullest regardless of fear, security, and comfort is often the call of a disciple. As a Youth Pastor, I amContinue reading →

  • 5 Keys to Healthy Staff Teams

    When it comes to real estate, we have all heard the famous success mantra. The key is “Location, location, location!” But in terms of ministry wins and building a strong staff team the emphasis must be on “Relationship, relationship, relationship!”

  • Three Things to Avoid in Evangelizing to Children

    We all want to be more effective in sharing the gospel with our own kids and with others God puts in our lives, but how can we grow in this respect? So often we first try to sharpen our tactics, but perhaps a better way to begin is to consider which of our current practicesContinue reading →

  • Ministry that Matters – Defining your Main Street

    When Walt Disney first drafted design sketches for Disneyland in the 1950’s, he knew he wanted Main Street USA to be the portal into his magical experience. It was a simple concept to him—create a blend of entertainment and nostalgia, echoing the memories and sentiments of a generation’s childhood. This was so important to himContinue reading →

  • Memorial Day Ministry Reflections

    Remembrance is a powerful thing. As our Nation gathered round grills and picnic tables, shopping sales, and family get-togethers this past weekend to remember those who paid the ultimate price in service to our country–it gives us time to pause. As we celebrated this Memorial Day, it gave me a moment to pause and reflectContinue reading →