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In Luke 10, we read where Jesus sent out His first groups of "volunteers." And when they returned, Jesus gave them their first leadership lesson. He said, "I need to talk to you about JOY."

There are a lot of leaders out of ministry because leaders tend to mismanage their joy. That's probably why this was His first leadership lesson to His volunteers. "The joy of the Lord is our STRENGTH." Thus, you've misplaced your strength if you've misplaced your joy.

In this month's Youth Leader's Coach, "Christ's First Leadership Lesson To His Volunteers," I'm sharing leader to leader on a topic that Christ thought was important enough that He taught it to His volunteers before anything else...JOY. Regardless of what the season looks like for any of us, we must choose to manage our joy as we do this ministry thing. So, listen in because it's a BIG DEAL!

Lovingly,


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In this Youth Leader's Coach I get to deal with one of my favorite topics, "Cultivating A Healthy Marriage While Doing Youth Ministry." Not a glamorous title, but unfortunately a topic so strategic that it's taken a whole lot of great people out of ministry.

Success for me is that "Those who know me best, love me most," and at the top of the list is my amazing husband and sons. But so often the relationships in your life that are the most precious, with the passing of time, become the most familiar. So in this Youth Leader's Coach I share 10 things that I have learned to keep my marriage a healthy and fulfilling one while in the youth ministry trenches. Even if you're not married, listening to this will help you understand the priorities of your leaders who are and help to prepare you for the day that you too may share your life and ministry with a spouse.

Lovingly,


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C. S. Lewis once said, "The only place to be free from the dangers of love is in hell." How true that statement is, especially as relates to today's youth culture in its painful search for love and belonging.

This Source, "Falling in Love Without Losing Your Mind," tries to give some pragmatic specifics in this challenging arena. I tried to "de-mystify" love and make it a matter of CHOICE rather than HORMONES.

The theme Scripture from 1 Corinthians 13 reminds us that "love does not seek its own way." So as we share these principles with the kids in our youth ministries, let's remind ourselves that the same principles work for youth pastors and youth leaders when it comes to building Christ-like love for the teenagers in our lives. These same principles over the years have helped me to "Fall in Love with YOUTH MINISTRY without Losing MY MIND!"

Lovingly yours,


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"Perhaps the Lord will help us..." were the words of Jonathan as he and his armor bearer, out-manned, ascended the cliff toward the Philistine outpost. Meanwhile down below, the Israelites, without sword or spear, were clueless the two had even left.

That scene alone has the makings of a box office hit - outnumbered, nearly weaponless and, with the help of a well-timed earthquake, ridiculously victorious. You weigh that kind of faith and courage against the apathy and fear many of us have today simply inviting people to church and it doesn't add up. Especially taking into consideration that a high percentage of the people who have never attended church say it's simply because they've never been invited.

Drawing from the dramatic scene of Jonathan and his armor bearer, a hilarious video clip and a heart-felt story of an art collector, in this Source we challenge our students to an adventurous, breath-taking and evangelistic faith. Without it, they run the risk of buying into the false notion that Christianity can be boring...when lived out well, it is anything but!

Remembering "whoever gets the Son, gets it all,"


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Contrary to what many people think, it is not your talent or your intelligence that is really the major predictor of how much happiness or success you're going to have in your life, your family, your vocation, or your ministry. A far more accurate predictor of those factors is your GRIT. And best news is that grit isn't something you are just "born with"...but it is something you can cultivate!

In this Youth Leader's Coach, I share pragmatics from the book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth. We'll take a look at what "grit" is. I'll also share four psychological assets that, if you choose to grow them over time, will help you grow your GRIT. As novelist John Irving says, "To do anything really well, you have to OVEREXTEND YOURSELF."

Committed to growing my GRIT,


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Life isn't always a party! During the rough times, people give cheap answers. But HOW do you live victoriously when the "tough times" come into your life? That's the question we are answering in this month's Source, "Hang Tough."

Looking at Luke 29, we'll see how Jesus made it through the toughest challenge anyone has ever experienced...that of being brutally hung on a cross for the sins of the universe. I'm sharing four takeaways that we can apply to our own tough life situations. We're asking Jesus to make us "HANG TOUGH" people.

Hanging in there,


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I've always been a woman on a mission...to leave a genuine legacy that honors Christ. You've heard me quote my personal mission statement over and over: "The motivation and mentorship of Kamikaze Christianity into practicing and potential Kingdom champions." In this Source I challenge each of us with the question, "What's going to be the SIGNATURE OF YOUR LIFE?" I ask you to be audacious enough to answer the unspoken question that everybody will be trying to casually ask in the “reunion” celebrations of your life, "WHAT DID YOU DO WITH YOUR LIFE?" We all want to do something AMAZING and WORLD-CHANGING with our lives, but really, what does that even look like today?

You'll also hear me reference one of the greatest men I ever knew that REALLY did something DEEPLY meaningful with his life on earth. I had the honor and privilege to see what real, destiny-altering legacy looked like for 48 years with my beloved husband and hero, Pastor Mayo. He was a LEGEND...to me, and to many of you.

WHAT MAKES A LEGEND? This is the definition I gave at Pastor Mayo's Homegoing Celebration...INTEGRITY + ENDURANCE = GOD'S KIND OF LEGEND

Lovingly,


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The summer months are so pivotal in a student's spiritual growth and we simply can't take our voice of influence in their lives half-heartedly.  We especially can't begin to punt on our communication, because if we're honest, the longer we do it or the more common it becomes to us, the easier it is to do.  That's why we're sharing, "Making Creativity Come Alive In Your Youth Service," in this Alliance.

The truth of the matter is that creativity really isn't an option anymore if you want your students to remember much of what you are saying.  We live in a pretty A.D.D. generation where it's hard to focus on much of anything.  That's why it's so vital that we that we add some elements to our services that really catch their attention.  For some of us, creativity is a little more difficult, and never has carried a lot of weight in our youth ministries.  I hear over and over, "I'm just not a creative person," but experience has taught me that with a little extra time and energy, we all have the ability to get our creative juices flowing.  So, listen in to this Alliance as I cover some of the reasons that we often don't put much energy toward creativity in our services and give ten practical ideas to add some new life to our weekly routines.


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All the statistics affirm that the majority of leaders say they do not even have ONE significant friendship. I'm sure this topic is more "center-stage" for me because of my wonderful husband's stroke and his inability to communicate with me now in the manner we've enjoyed for the past 46 wonderful years of our marriage. But I am ever so grateful that I've cultivated a few significant female friendships who were super important in my life before my husband's stroke...now, even more.

In this month's Youth Leader's Coach, "What Ever Happened To Real Adult Friendship?," I'm navigating the concept of covenant friendship as illustrated in the Old Testament through the story of David and Jonathan. What a pivotal lesson in a lonely leadership world!

Lovingly,

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