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Saying Goodbye Well

Saying Goodbye Well

Saying Goodbye and Releasing Well It was seven years ago in a small office at LCBC that I first met my friend Jason Mitchell. The meeting was to talk about starting a local student ministry network called Project Renovation.  In the early days it was Jason, myself, Andy Gordley and Todd Henly who made up […]

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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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Healthy Transitions in Ministry

Healthy Transitions in Ministry

Transition CPR Most people in vocational ministry, especially those of us in student ministry, will go through a transition at some point. Whether it’s making a role shift within a ministry or moving from one church to another, the process of transitioning is one that impacts us deeply, and not only us, it can impact […]

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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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02 Aug Leadership, Student Ministry | Comments Off on 4 Tips for Vacationing Well

4 Tips for Vacationing Well

4 Tips for Vacationing Well

“I Only Have You for Two Days!” Naomi and I were so excited to go on vacation.  It had been a normal first year of youth ministry.  Crazy!!!!  At the time we didn’t know any better.  We were young, full of life and excited about how God was working in the lives of the teens […]

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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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Some Things I’ve Learned

Some Things I’ve Learned

Having spent thirteen years in full-time ministry, Jason Mitchell has learned a few lessons – some through success, some through struggle. This week he shares a few of the big lessons learned from the journey. – Editor   “Wisdom is the summit; get wisdom, and with all your possessions purchase understanding.” – Proverbs 4:7   […]

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29 Mar Leadership, Student Ministry | Comments Off on The Invisible Gorilla in the Room

The Invisible Gorilla in the Room

The Invisible Gorilla in the Room

Maybe you remember this story from your days back  in Intro to Psych… Inattentional Blindness In 1999, a behavioral scientist named Dan Simmons set up an experiment at the University of Illinois in which participants were asked to watch a short film. In the film, six people half dressed in white t-shirts and the other […]

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