• 3 Keys to Life-on-Life Evangelism

    Evangelism is often an abstract and misunderstood word. We think of the end result and not the journey towards a life reconciled to Christ. Today, we are going to look at that journey and how placing value on authentic relationship is the center of life on life evangelism. Here are three facets of that pathway:

  • Transferring Youth Leader Conference Insight into Your Ministry Culture

    I recently attended CELS –CE National’s leadership summit for youth pastors and leaders. I came away with encouragement, practical methodology from top  leaders including Keith Minier, Kurt Johnston, and Knute Larson. It was keen, it was fantastic, and it was somewhat like drinking from a fire hydrant. With so much great information and inspiration toContinue reading →

  • "Branding Faith" Book Review – Phil Cooke

    In a world full of digital clutter, mass-media marketing, and commercialism–where does the church fit into the noise of our culture? Phil Cooke tackles that very issue in Branding Faith: Why Some Churches and Non-Profits Impact Culture and Others Don’t.While it might seem awkward ranging to a level of taboo to talk about “branding” whenContinue reading →

  • Confessions of a Lead Pastor – Busyness and Me

    Busyness destroys a person on so many levels. As a lead pastor, I have often given into this slave master. But it isn’t worth it. Here is what I have realized: Busyness eats emotional energy. It drains life out of you. It makes life so much harder because when you are busy, you are easilyContinue reading →

  • Integrating Volunteers into Planning Successful Youth Outings

    As the lead youth director, I admit that I often have a plan in place for how I envision an outreach, event or outing to occur. But the fact of the matter is that there is a possibility for me to overrun my volunteer team with the plan in my head if I don’t communicate.Continue reading →

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  • The Delegation Myth

    As pastors and leaders, many of us have a desire to learn effective leadership. We care for the people we work with and we want to learn how to pull in team efforts. We have all read leadership books that talk about effective delegation and how we need to pull back from taking on tooContinue reading →

  • How Students Connect the Dots of Evangelism

    During  Momentum Youth Conference 2014, Greg Stier shared a story about his twelve year pursuit of sharing the gospel with his family member. The endurance and dedication he placed into that relationship is capsulized in his message, seen here. We caught up with Greg after the session and asked him what encouragement he had forContinue reading →

  • Youth Group in a Box – Greg Stier Speaking at Momentum Youth Conference

    What is Youth Group in a Box? We have designed everything you need to create an engaging, high-level youth group lesson direct from Momentum Youth Conference’s nationally recognized speakers. By taking well-known speakers such as Greg Stier, Francis Chan, Sean McDowell, and more and digging into the heart of the message, we have provided easy-to-followContinue reading →

  • Shifting from Solo to Team Leadership

    It is encouraging to see the number of leaders in the church who have made the shift from solo leadership to team leadership. Does team leadership mean that the pastor is no longer the leader? Not at all. Instead, a deeper leadership is at hand—oversight and vision.

  • Know. Be. Do.

    As we interact with students, a great insight to help them start to think their own development are three simple questions: “What do I need to know?” “Who do I need to be?” “What do I need to do?” Or to make it simple: Know. Be. Do.

  • Forming Servant Hearted Churches

    Pastor Ed Trenner shared in October’s Pastor’s Equipping Forum on how Grace Church of Orange developed an equipping culture within the church. His decades of pastoral wisdom show us a good foundation for healthy, equipped, servant-minded congregations. A few key insights included:

  • "Truth Matters" Book Review

    “What do you do when the Bible goes from being the answer to being the question? …How can you begin to develop faith in such a confusing world?” – page xvi “Truth Matters.” Students face skepticism and doubt from not only their peers, but their instructors, if not their own self. Open discussion about historicalContinue reading →

  • Shoot Close to the Basket

    Junior and senior high school ministry comes with an eclectic mix of personalities. Students, with changing identities and growing independence, bring joys and challenges alike to the table. So how do we reach them? As a lead youth worker, I have often succumbed to the pressure of reaching the lost sheep. Don’t get me wrong—thisContinue reading →

  • 5 Keys to Working with Difficult People in Small Groups

    A common problem in the boardroom and in the Bible study is the—shall we say, “overly generous”—contribution of certain individuals. You can probably think right now of someone who speaks so much in group discussions that others can’t even squeeze a word out. This is awkward as a team member. For group leaders, it’s downrightContinue reading →

  • An Invitation to Excellence With Weddings and Funerals

    In this issue of Pastorpedia, pastors Knute Larson, Jeff Bogue, and Jim Brown talk about the importance of making the most out of weddings and funerals. Jeff pastors Grace Church in Akron, Ohio.  Jim pastors Grace Community Church in Goshen, Indiana.  Knute is the former pastor of The Chapel in Akron, Ohio and now coachesContinue reading →

  • Shared Struggles – Confessions of a Youth Worker

    As part of the On Mission Insights family, we just wanted to take a moment to let you know that you are a valuable part of the ministry. We are proud of your service to students and want to work hard to come alongside of you and support your everyday ministry to youth. This pastContinue reading →

  • 7 Keys to Tackling New Ministries

    The church is a vibrant, passionate community of believers! It is an exciting place to be because there is always fresh, inspiring ideas. As Lead Pastors, it can be daunting at times to field all of these ideas. The question becomes, “How can we, as leaders, put ownership and encouragement into the hands of thoseContinue reading →

  • Small Groups – Big Benefit: Why Small Groups Work

    In order for a church to thrive as an active community unit, relationships must be nurtured. Small groups are meaningful conduits for these relationships to thrive. The difficulties of small groups include raising up leaders to oversee these groups, create a working form of communication within these units, and dealing with interpersonal issues that ariseContinue reading →

  • Dear Stressed Youth Worker

    The call of a youth pastor is filled with deep, meaningful purpose. But that doesn’t mean that it is devoid of stress, anxiety, or feeling overwhelmed. The expectations placed on youth workers are often unrealistic and demanding. The best part? It rarely wanes. There will always be one more student in need of spiritual insight,Continue reading →