Category Archives: Leadership

The Volunteer from Hell: Part III

You’ve discovered an amazing potential volunteer… but you don’t want to mess anything up! You’ve taken the advice of experts and dedicated actual time out of your schedule each week for recruiting and keeping volunteers. Then you took the next … Continue reading

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The Volunteer from Hell: Part II

This week I began a 3 post series in my blog about those ministry volunteers who make our lives miserable. How can we avoid getting ourselves in this mess in the first place? Great question. Let’s continue with our 3 … Continue reading

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The Volunteer from Hell

Whenever my dad and I teach a workshop about recruiting, retaining, training… and even firing today’s New Breed of volunteers (based on our book on the subject), we can guarantee we’ll get questions about ‘The Volunteer from Hell.’ You know … Continue reading

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Top 3 qualities I’m looking for when I hire

Someone just asked me, “Jonathan, we’re looking for a new youth pastor. What would you look for in a youth pastor?” What would you say? Good speaker? Kids like them? Organized? (Those are the ones I hear from people frequently.) … Continue reading

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Poor Leadership 101

The youth ministry was fizzling out and no one knew why. It was as simple as this: kids weren’t meeting Jesus, and the ones that already knew Jesus weren’t growing. As a result the group had sputtered and was on … Continue reading

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Who’s Your Timothy?

About 25 years ago I volunteered as a small group leader in the high school ministry of my church. It was there I met my friend Lorin, a man in his twenties who was discipling three teenage boys. We love … Continue reading

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Recruiting Your Volunteer Dream Team

Have you ever sat in church on a Sunday morning, looked around the room and coveted volunteers? Okay, maybe it’s just me. I’ll notice a young couple I know sitting across the isle who are fun, relevant and on fire … Continue reading

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Developing Student Leaders

This week I received a great question in the form of a tweet, one I’ve been asked repeatedly about mentoring young people. Youth pastor Brandon asked me about developing today’s student leaders. He finished reading my book, Ministry By Teenagers, … Continue reading

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10 Things That Made Me Pause in Uganda

I’m in my second week of my visit here to Kampala. Three days left. We’ve done three full days of training, I’ve spoke at several schools, met with youth workers, preached three services yesterday (three 2-hour services… a little longer … Continue reading

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Training Your Own Volunteers

If you’re a ministry leader, what do you do to keep you leaders sharp? It didn’t take long for me to discover that all my volunteers enjoyed two things: food and socializing. So I decided to provide both, by gathering … Continue reading

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