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Jerry Higley  // Posts published by Jerry Higley

21 May Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on One Size Doesn’t Fit All

One Size Doesn’t Fit All

One Size Doesn’t Fit All

If, you’re like me you probably remember when you had a task to do but had no idea how to accomplish it. Perhaps you were trying to create a volunteer handbook, design a new logo, or organize your files. It seemed like a good idea at the time but you quickly realized you were in […]

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09 Apr Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Don’t ignore the Little Foxes

Don’t ignore the Little Foxes

Don’t ignore the Little Foxes

The Little Things It was such a small thing. Most people wouldn’t have even noticed but it created a big problem. The ministry I work for has a large cabin. It sleeps 60 people, has a commercial kitchen and even a gym. We call it a cabin but in reality it’s a retreat center. The […]

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13 Dec Leadership, Student Ministry | Comments Off on Hiring Volunteers Successfully

Hiring Volunteers Successfully

Hiring Volunteers Successfully

Don’t hire a ministry. Within weeks of being hired at my first full-time ministry I realized I had a problem. It was a problem volunteer. He ran the sound and lighting for all our events. He was good at his job and half of the equipment was his, but he had to go. It’s hard […]

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06 Dec Leadership, Student Ministry | Comments Off on Great Mentors Coach

Great Mentors Coach

Great Mentors Coach

Crazy Fans and Great Coaches. Having 5 grandchildren involved in sports keeps me busy watching soccer and basketball games. Watching kids play sports is fun but watching the parents is fascinating. It seems like some parents live and die on every play. Some quietly watch from the sidelines while others are obnoxiously verbal. Some think […]

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27 Sep Student Ministry | Comments Off on What it takes to stay on target

What it takes to stay on target

What it takes to stay on target

Hit the Bull’s-eye Recently, my 13 year old grandson came over to shoot my crossbow. (Editor’s note: no animals were hurt in this story!) Dominic wants to be the best shot he can be. So, he comes over to shoot at the target in my backyard. He is very intentional and strategic in how he […]

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6 Tips for Navigating Change with a Board

6 Tips for Navigating Change with a Board

When “Board Relations” feels like an Oxymoron… I’ve attended 374 board meetings in my lifetime – all with the same ministry. That’s a lot of board meetings. Some may even say that’s a lot of wasted time. And, that doesn’t even include countless committee meetings and other boards that I’ve sat on. The board meetings […]

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26 Jul Leadership, Student Ministry | Comments Off on I Screwed Up – Part 2

I Screwed Up – Part 2

I Screwed Up – Part 2

Today, Jerry Higley wraps up a two-part post on learning from our “Screw Ups”. To read part one, click here. – Editor I’ve been in full-time youth ministry for 34 years and this past year was the busiest season I’ve experienced. Our ministry was undertaking a major project and as time progressed more and more […]

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I Screwed Up – Part 1

I Screwed Up – Part 1

A significant storm blew down a large oak tree. It happens. Unfortunately, this tree landed on the roof of the garage at our ministry’s retreat center. It caused significant damage, over $4,000 worth of damage. It was a pain in the neck to cut up the tree and then have the garage repaired. Fortunately, insurance […]

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09 Jul Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Sitting in the Hot Seat

Sitting in the Hot Seat

Sitting in the Hot Seat

It was the middle of the afternoon and the thermometer read 99 degrees, and for some weird reason I felt challenged to take on the heat. As I began to collect my gear to go on a bicycle ride, I felt my excitement begin to rise. After a 10 mile bike ride to my daughter’s […]

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23 Apr Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on That’ll Leave a Mark

That’ll Leave a Mark

That’ll Leave a Mark

Not quite Normal My two grandsons are in middle school and clearly they’re not normal. Oh, they’re normal junior highers, just not normal, thinking people. Recently, these boys discovered they have an excuse for acting stupid. Researchers are providing evidence that the adolescent brain is not fully developed. For those of us in youth ministry, […]

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