"It's been my belief that most people don't leave ministries, they leave leaders. Typically, they leave leaders who don't express value."
Doug shared 7 specific ways you can value others in your ministry in his post. I'll share a couple here and you can go check out the full post on his blog for the rest:
1. Genuinely care for more than what they can offer you and\or your organization - Many leaders view people as assets. They relate to people in terms of "what they can do for me." While it may be natural and typical for an employee\employer relationship, it's not beneficial. Value is communicated when you genuinely care for people as human beings and not human doings (and what they can do for you to help you build your kingdom).3. Affirm, affirm, affirm - This should go without saying, and unfortunately, many times it does. I know leaders will say, "He knows he's important to me." Really? When was the last time you told him? It ought to be often! This is such a basic principle that it's almost embarassing to write, but I find it so rare in leaders that it's worth mentioning and repeating.
- Had a great weekend...
- Weather was great for the most part. It's been hot one day... and sorta warm the next.
- Looking forward to the weekend. I'll be joining my family for a much-needed beach vacation.
- I'm sippin a ChickFila Sweet Tea while I write this...
- What's up with customer service these days? It's horrible! Companies really need to raise the bar of expectation with their employees.
- I accidentally texted a winky face to my students and they schooled me on how that was considered "creeper text."
- Really looking forward to the start of my brand-new Coaching Network.
- If you are a youth worker whose been in the field 5 years or less, check it out [here]
- I'm giving thought to starting a bible study over chicken wings. Wings & Word ... just sayin.
- Check out this brand-new camp my friend, Marko, is putting together for middle school workers!
- Had a little Capture the Caption contest on my blog a couple days ago. I'd like to announce the winner is Joy. Joy, please contact me for your free resource. ;)
- If you are new here to the blog, welcome. Feel free to subscribe [here]
- Stay classy!
Labels: Manic Monday Minute
1. What is Evangephobia?
It’s an interactive webcast about sharing our faith and its role in youth ministry. Hundreds of youth leaders from across the nation will explore some of the most common fears surrounding evangelism, learn how it can help accelerate spiritual growth in their teenagers, and discover simple steps they can take to make it fit within their current youth ministry context.
2. Who should participate in this webinar you are offering?
This is especially designed for youth leaders who are a little (or a lot) freaked out by evangelism. Street preachers, bull horns and not-so-awesome awkward moments are not what Biblical evangelism is all about. If you agree and want to discover what a Scriptural brand of outreach looks like then this webinar is for you. All youth leaders are welcome. This includes full-time, part-time and volunteer leaders who influence youth spiritually, especially within the context of the local church.
3. Why should people watch\participate?
Too many times evangelism has been delegated to a "professional" or relegated as a relic of a by-gone era when evangelism “worked.” But the gospel is still “the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16) and we must help our teenagers share this timeless message in an effective way. When we do the kingdom of God advances both internally and externally. It advances internally in the hearts of our teenagers as they begin to own their faith as a direct result of articulating it (Philemon 6.) The kingdom advances externally as youth leaders witness God building their youth ministries with new believers who came to Christ as a result of peer-to-peer evangelism among their teenagers. Evangephobia will help youth leaders conquer their fear of evangelism and equip them to begin to reap the benefits of building a youth ministry driven by the very cause of Christ, “to seek and to save what was lost” Luke 19:10.
4. What are some takeaways/tools/resources people will have after participating?
Youth leaders will leave with some practical and effective ideas that they can begin to put into practice right away to increase the temperature of evangelism in their youth groups. They will also receive a free tool that will come to them bi-weekly which will help them continue to improve this value in the context of their youth ministries.
5. Are you (as a national leader) seeing anything work really well (ie: in approach, etc.) in the arena of evangelism among youth groups today? And what do you hope this webinar will accomplish?
Yes, youth groups that approach evangelism as a lifestyle or cause as opposed to a program or a meeting are exponentially more effective at evangelism than those who don't. The youth groups I have seen that are really thriving evangelistically are the ones where the youth leaders are leading the way in their own lives. Their passion for the lost seeps down into the core of the youth ministry's DNA. At this point evangelism is no longer a program but a paradigm, a way of seeing the world and living our lives. What’s great is that the youth leader doesn’t have to be “good” at evangelism. They just need to be seeking to authentically live this value out in their lives for their teens to make it a priority as well.
I’m hoping this webinar will help youth leaders do just that.
Labels: Capture the Caption
- I'll be your personal coach and cheerleader for 6 months.
- You'll get practical guidance and personal counsel.
- You'll get a weekly phone call with yours truly.
- You'll get encouraging but constructive feedback.
- You'll get occasional free books from publishers.
- You'll get the shared experience with other network participants.
- You'll get select chat sessions with notable thought-leaders.
- You'll get other free resources too.
- ... and other fun surprises.
Anyways, check out the video, the website, and sign your team up to go!
[ps] I learned a few things here (a part from the campference talk):
1. I'm not a good camera man.
2. It appears I am obssessed with Marko's beard from the camera shots. I mean, its a nice beard and all...3. I never remember to put my seat belt on when I'm a passenger. I just don't. Don't judge me.
RSS Subscribers: there is video [here]
"Fields served as youth pastor at Saddleback Church in Southern California for 18 years. Doug resigned in 2009 to focus on the growing demand of global youth ministry opportunities. He joined his mentor, Jim Burns, at Azusa Pacific University's HomeWord Center for Youth & Family where he teaches youth ministry and hosts his summer Student Leadership Conference for teenagers.Essentially, Fields is returning to his roots at Youth Specialties. In 1986, Doug began a 20-year relationship with YS where he was a primary speaker and one of Youth Specialties' most prolific authors (including the best-selling Purpose Driven Youth Ministry). His early days with YS ignited his passion to launch Simply Youth Ministry from his family garage. SYM grew quickly and larger than Doug's desire to lead, manage and operate. Passionate about his own family and the local church he served, he looked for someone to take over the SYM operations. In 2006 Doug merged Simply Youth Ministry with Group Publishing to better manage what had become a leading brand in youth ministry resources."