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I have way too much to do and I know you relate to this. But, I can't think of anything that is more vital in the life of a leader as saying, "Jesus, I want each day to count to the maximum!"
What I'm talking about in this Youth Leader's Coach, "A Leader's Most Important Time Management Strategy," is by far the most important principle that I adhere to, as I am called to multi-task in many different directions. So listen in, as we take a look at how the Apostle Paul maximized his time, and I share with you some of the strategies I use for making the most of my time as I find myself in one of the busiest seasons of life I've had to face yet!
"The fact that people are choosing to follow you is not necessarily an indication that you deserve to be followed." Tough words to hear, aren't they? While they might not "feel good," five decades into youth ministry tell me that they are words that need to be spoken often.
The fact is I've watched the "charisma" of too many leaders take them where their "character" couldn't keep them. My heart's desire is for you to rise up and take notice and not fall into the same trap. This Youth Leader's Coach may help you to do just that.
When it comes to ministry, talent may determine your potential, but character determines your legacy. Don't be a great starter, but a poor finisher. May integrity, the true litmus test for success, be the signature of your life!
Eliminating the baby dragons,
NYLC Breakout Session
Jon has a full-time job in sales and is also a volunteer with LifeChurch.tv & Switch Youth Ministries. Paula has volunteered for many years in youth ministry, including one of Jeanne's. Along with being volunteers, they have two small children at home. It's challenging balancing a ministry and a family, but it's especially challenging for volunteers that also are working a full-time job besides. In this session, Jon and Paula share how they balance it all using a blueprint to help set priorities and, using wisdom from Proverbs 31, give four examples of how they do it in their own lives by considering their options and making good choices, planting fruitful vines and making the best use of what they are already doing, girding up their resources and planning for success, and finally taking time to evaluate what they're doing.
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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.
Creating the next level of results requires the next level of thinking. For years I had myself convinced that I was SOOOO BUSY. But I became aware that the truly successful people I knew in life never seemed to reference their "busyness." What was even more thought-provoking was that they seemed to radiate a PEACE about them that I did not have. So I've done some studying to try to learn some of their simple keys.
In this Youth Leader's Coach, I share some big repeating themes I found on MULTIPLYING time effectively. Often we feel like our time is limited, but in reality, we have to find ways to control our time instead of letting our time control us. This is a great resource for leaders in ANY field!
We all "know" that the most important ministry DOES NOT begin when we pull out of the driveway but when we pull into it. Unfortunately, all too often, the people who are the most precious to us...our family...gradually become the most common due to the demands of ministry.
When it comes to successfully building a ministry and raising a family at the same time, wise council can be found in Luke 14:28, "For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost...?" Learn in this Youth Leader's Coach some of the cost counting and strategic thinking I did and still do with my own family in order to help them feel as if they "always win."
My prayer is that when we stand before Jesus, He can celebrate the priorities that we not only preached about but chose to live.
This iVolunteer resource is a COACHING RESOURCE for volunteer youth leaders who want to be the BEST they can be!
Ever feel like there's just not enough time in the day to accomplish what you "have to," let alone anything you "want to"...like volunteering? You're not alone. So many of our hearts long to say "yes" to ministry, but our calendars scream "no way." The good news is that life doesn't have to boil down to "either/or," it truly can be "both/and."
Allow me in this iVolunteer, "Finding Time To Do Ministry In A Busy World," to share what I've learned balancing the multiple worlds of ministry, work, and family. In addition to discovering ways to become more EFFECTIVE and EFFICIENT, you'll learn how to maximize your "red tag" investments!
We're all looking for fulfillment. Unfortunately, lots of times there comes a restlessness in any career field, including the ministry, thinking this isn't as fulfilling as I thought it would be. Fame, money...don't bring fulfillment, though the unspoken message in society is that they do. We know that obviously, Jesus will bring fulfillment, but there are lots of people who have Jesus that aren't fulfilled. Fulfillment will come when you put Jesus first...but then you need to take the time to balance your priorities.
After being in youth ministry for over four decades, I’ve learned you have to be intentional to make sure that doing some of the same things you've done many times are still fulfilling. In this Youth Leader's Coach, I've reached into my own life to share some practical tools I've used to make sure that my life continues to be both exciting and fulfilling, even during some of life's most difficult seasons.
In It For The Long Haul,
NYLC Breakout Session
Have you ever needed to be two places at once? Has your ministry ever had to take a backseat to your "Job"? Join us for a conversation with practical advice for addressing mindsets and dispositions on "Bi-Vocational Youth Ministry."
NYLC Breakout Session
As parents in full-time ministry, it's like playing a game of "Ministry Jenga." We're constantly knocking out little blocks of time from our lives to make our ministry tower just a little larger, and usually it comes at the expense of the blocks we take for granted the most...our families. Josh Mayo is a full-time youth pastor and is not only a father, but he understands what it's like being raised in a family where both parents are in full-time ministry. In this breakout session, Josh shares from his life experience growing up with the amazing Sam & Jeanne Mayo for parents and from his book, "Help, I'm Raising My Kids While Doing Ministry."
Focus On The Family did a study of individuals in full-time ministry. They found that after 10 years, an average of only 2 out of 10 remain "in the trenches." But what's the "bottom line" reason for this tragic statistic? My answer is so simple that it is agonizingly easy to discount and gloss over: Few people in ministry leadership fight the necessary battles to PRIORITIZE CONSISTENCY in their own personal "quiet time."
In this month's Youth Leader's Coach, "Jeanne's Most Significant Key to Spiritual Survival," I parallel our quiet time with Moses' tent of meeting. So grab a cup of coffee and listen in as I share 6 potential dangers from neglecting our tent of meeting, plus some ways to keep our quiet times fresh. I think the greatest thing that could ever happen from our long-distance coaching time together is the prioritizing of a CONSISTENT PERSONAL QUIET TIME in your life.
One of the questions that I get asked frequently is, "How do you get it all done?" What they mean is, "How do you balance, raising two amazing sons...being a wife to my hero, who was also my senior pastor for many, many years...AND...growing youth ministries...being the principal of a thriving Christian school...a traveling speaking schedule...now the Cadre, continue to produce mentoring resources each month, oversee the Atlanta Leadership College and youth ministries for Victory World Church at multiple campuses...How do you get it all done?"
How often in ministry people have "quit," saying they were "burned out"...but instead, they actually failed to properly "manage their energy" properly. Thus they didn't stay emotionally motivated and engaged in their careers. That's why researchers say that one of the key reasons why people quit careers and suffer from what they call "BURN OUT" should more accurately be called BOREDOM.
Listen in, as I give a 16-question assessment on the four dimensions where energy is needed. Keep score of the number of times you answer "TRUE" to each of these 16 questions...then I'll give you what the research tells about your score when it comes to your own personal energy management.
Determined to live a 100X life,
NYLC Breakout Session
Everyone has heard the phrase "Lead, follow, or get out of the way," but oftentimes as leaders we focus on the first and last portions of this phrase and skip over the diamond in the middle. The greatest leaders know how to follow! Most leaders make terrible followers. Let's change that by discovering what it really means for a leader to follow. Come and learn how to lead...or should I say follow!
"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company...a church...a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past...we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our ATTITUDE. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you...we are all powerfully in charge of our own ATTITUDES." - Chuck Swindoll
Attitude really is everything. I learned this the hard way, back in my days in Nebraska. I had gone on a cruise and gotten severely sick. It was in that moment I knew my ATTITUDE would determine my EXPERIENCE.
In this month's Youth Leader's Coach, "Leadership Lessons From My Caribbean Cruise," I'm sharing some thoughts I had to tell myself to make my cruise experience an enjoyable one. The parallels to walking through ministry, leadership, family and life in general are noteworthy.
Most of us were grabbed by the title of this month's Youth Leader's Coach, "Overwhelmed," because that's what we feel like most of the time. It seems like there are demands coming at us from all sides. The truth is though, we have the potential to be extraordinary at almost anything if we can first become FIERCELY INTENTIONAL about managing our time and our energy.
This is a phenomenal resource for any of us as leaders. Pulling from an incredible book by Tony Schwartz, Be Good At Anything, I'll share insight of how to manage your four quadrants of energy and some secrets on how to maximize your success in all areas. It's my heart's prayer that this resource would help you navigate the world that continually screams for our attention. Just know, I'm cheering you on in all you do!
Living in Pulses,
I was raised in Indianapolis, just miles away from the famed Indy 500. I don't know much about professional racing. But one obvious thing stands out: No one wins the race without making regular pit stops. Those pauses allow for refueling and the necessary mechanical adjustments to keep going long haul.
You probably made a "personal pit stop" of sorts during the summer if you were able to break away for some sort of summer vacation. But as fall and winter approach, don't make the mistake of thinking that your next "pit stop" needs to wait until next summer. Shorter but more frequent "break away times" will make a huge difference in your spiritual health and emotional resiliency.
Remember my definition for BUSY: "Being Under Satan's Yoke." So, in this month's Youth Leader's Coach, "Pit Stops Required," let me dialogue with you on this simple concept of taking SHORT BUT MORE CONSISTENT breaks, to be able to survive the long-haul.
In It For The Long Haul,
In youth ministry we all want numbers, but we also deeply want to believe we're impacting people. It's an unending battle between where our priorities lie. Have I ever struggled with feeling like I'm fighting between bringing in the crowds yet prioritizing meeting people's needs one person at a time? You bet I have. That's why I've entitled this Youth Leader's Coach, "Quality Vs. Quantity: Keeping Both Priorities In Youth Ministry."
People often say you can either have teenagers with deep spiritual commitment or simply have lots of teenagers. Through the years, I've held fast to the belief that by the grace of God you can have both. I want to share with you the principles behind how you can see not only numeric, but spiritual growth in your teenagers.
Please listen closely to this Youth Leader's Coach. We all know that strategies can bring in numbers, but strategies don't always bring spiritual significance in the lives of your teenagers. As you struggle to see your group grow and draw closer to Jesus, grab a cup of coffee and join me as I share with you impacting principles on juggling and succeeding in the world of Quality vs. Quantity.
Lovingly your biggest fan,
It doesn't seem that long ago, that I experienced a life-changing "end of an era." Our oldest son, Josh, married his amazing Monica. You can well imagine all the "mother emotions" that lovingly surrounded that big day.
As I came to the studio to record this Youth Leader's Coach, I wanted to share some thoughts with you on important keys to raising children while also being involved in youth ministry. Whether you are single, married without children, or already "The Walton Family," please take time to listen to this resource. I share some principles that are really near to my heart that helped to make it possible to balance both raising two amazing sons and having a full-time youth ministry. If you don't need those thoughts now, you probably will in the future.
Lovingly excited to be a Mother-In-Love,
Statistically, Barna's research indicates that out of every ten people who begin in full-time ministry, only two are likely to remain at the ten year mark. I hope those statistics shock you and leave you asking the question "why?"
Upon reflection, I think our ability to go the distance is determined, in large part, by the level of our success at "Self Leadership." To both survive and thrive, it is essential that we become good stewards of our time and emotions.
Who is going to stay in the game long enough to spiritually parent the emerging generation? My prayer is that you will. Go for the dog!
Running with you,
The number of men, women, and children in American pews has dipped to the lowest level since a comprehensive effort to count members began in 1980, according to the most recent surveys. Why? Because churches have been reluctant to change, clinging to the past, no longer able to focus on the true mission of the church – helping people come to know Jesus Christ in a real way and grow in discipleship. Using the parallel of Kodak and the invention of the digital camera, this will be a resource that will challenge you, no matter where your church is on this.