• 8 Quick Tips for Starting a College-age Ministry

    We are often asked, by both leaders in student ministries as well as lead pastors, the question, “What do you do for young adult/collegiates in a local church context?” One of our good friends, Bob Hetzler, has a key interest in young adult/collegiate ministry and has written a very interesting article identifying 8 quick tipsContinue reading →

  • Setting the Salaries for Church Staff

    Setting the salaries for church staff can be difficult, especially the pastor’s salary.  Here are practical suggestions from Knute Larson to make the task easier and more consistent. For sure a church should have steps for evaluating and setting salaries on paper so that “the wheel” is not reinvented each year. This will also helpContinue reading →

  • How to Minister to a Family Dealing With the Chronic Illness of a Loved One

    By: Matt and Julie Leach We have all felt inadequate and even uncomfortable as we try to give support to a family in need.  We may have said some of the dreaded clichés, such as, “God won’t give you more than you can handle!” or “You’re so strong! I wouldn’t be able to do whatContinue reading →

  • Great Websites for Youth Ministry

    We asked two of our experienced friends in youth ministry, Matt Vosberg and Nick Deck, what websites they use for ministry and think are great resources. With so much out there, where do you start looking for good stuff? Here is a valuable list of good sites and sources they recommended. Enjoy! To find moreContinue reading →

  • The Most Important Things a Pastor Can Do To Connect With His Local Community

    Pastor Bob Combs has been in ministry for over forty years.  “For all those who know him,” says Timothy Kurtaneck of CE National, “there is no denying that he is one good looking guy!”  We asked Pastor Bob to share what he has seen to be the most important parts of a pastor connecting withContinue reading →

  • Three Huge Wins From Doing Ministry Through a Youth Leadership Team

    Eric Miller loves using student interns and leaders as a key component in the structure of his youth ministry. Currently in his 12th year serving as pastor of youth at Grace Community Church in Frederick, Maryland, Eric is continually pouring into his leadership level students, equipping them in all aspects of youth ministry with aContinue reading →

  • Dr. Tim Elmore Talks About Youth Leaders Making a Difference

    Youth pastors and leaders want to make a difference in the next generation of young people.  Someone that we appreciate and use his resources and research is Dr. Tim Elmore.  In a number of the youth ministry classes that CE National teaches in the National Institute for the Development of Ministries to Youth at GraceContinue reading →

  • Youth Pastor Encouragement from Kurt Johnston – Youth Pastor at Saddleback Church

    Kurt Johnston shares a simple but meaningful youth ministry model for reaching out to kids. The Youth Pastor at Saddleback Church, Kurt shares decades of wisdom in one short and meaningful moment that we can all grab a hold of, “Caring adult plus Jesus plus teenager means good stuff.” Check out a two minute shotContinue reading →

  • How to do Community Outreach Blitz’s

    Mike Silliman serves on the outreach and evangelism team at Grace Community Church in Goshen, Indiana. His team’s outreaches are well known in the Goshen area. Donning matching blue shirts on blitz days, they have built up a friendly reputation within their community. Some of their community outreach efforts have included:

  • Defining “Team” – A Pastor’s Perspective

    Trust is foundational. Before anything else, I believe that trust must be earned, stored, and saved before it is spent. Healthy teams require takes trust which is built upon a legacy of consistency. As the Lead Pastor at Awaken Church, I know it is my responsibility to initiate ways to build this trust within myContinue reading →

  • Back to School Season & How to Plan an Annual Calendar

    With the start of a new school year in session–youth workers all across the nation are excited to get back into a regular routine with their students. At least, I know I am! As I have started to glance at the blank calendar before me, I am aware that this is one of three timesContinue reading →

  • Four Keys for Developing Meaningful Children’s Ministry Tools

    Amber Mallow serves as the Children’s Ministry Director at Urban Hope Community Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her years of dedication to children’s outreach has given her insight into four keys to implementing meaningful connection with kids in her church.

  • Social Media and Youth Ministry

    Social Media. Two words which have changed the cultural landscape of our day. How does this platform help or hurt youth ministry and whether or not it is redeemable is today’s topic of discussion as we continuously seek to “make ministry simple.”

  • Transitioning Students from Children’s Ministry to Youth Ministry

    At Grace Church in Akron, Youth Pastor Todd Shoemaker works intentionally with his Children’s and Student Ministry staff members in order to provide a consistent tone of ministry to each age group. Each individual department strives to work together to help in these transition seasons. Today, as we seek to make ministry simple—we wanted toContinue reading →

  • 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…

  • 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 →

  • 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 →

  • 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: