LeaderTreks Blog

  • How to make networking work for you

    Youth Ministry, Youth Worker

    Posted on September 29, 2016 by Andy Lawrenson

    “Don’t go it alone.” We know that this is tried and true wisdom for anyone in ministry, but many of us find that we’re doing ministry outside of the regular influence of other youth workers. We may feel that our schedules don’t allow for that kind of consistent connection, or we may be in an […]

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  • Rethinking DIY Youth Ministry

    Leadership, Youth Ministry

    Posted on September 27, 2016 by Frank Newburn

    Experience is an amazing, albeit challenging, teacher, and it has taught me much over these last 27 years in youth ministry. I now have a deeper understanding of the lessons I “learned” in college regarding healthy boundaries, working with parents, and balancing work and family, but one of my biggest areas of growth has been […]

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  • Active Strong Leadership

    Youth Worker

    Posted on September 23, 2016 by Doug Franklin

    A team is only as strong as it’s strongest member. No, I didn’t get that wrong. We often think that our team is as strong as our weakest member, but that’s not really true. The leadership of our team determines how far it will go. With strong leadership we will be challenged to dream big […]

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  • Reimagine Student Leadership

    Student Leadership

    Posted on September 19, 2016 by Doug Franklin

    It starts with a dream. At some point, once we’ve gotten into a rhythm with our church and have built rapport, we start dreaming about student leadership. We dream about the small team of super-responsible and committed students who will be unified for the entire school year. This team is a delight to be around, […]

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  • Counting Joys, Fighting Burnout

    Adult Volunteers

    Posted on September 15, 2016 by Guest Contributor

    By Taryn Seemann Whether you’ve been in ministry two years or twenty years, we all have a tendency towards forgetfulness. It’s difficult to look back over last year or even the last month and point to specific stories of impact and transformation in the lives of our students. We know that the Lord is at […]

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  • Fighting Senioritis Before It’s Too Late

    Youth Ministry

    Posted on September 8, 2016 by Guest Contributor

    By Cheryl Franklin Baertschi We’ve just kicked off our fall youth program. Attendance is high, and enthusiasm is in the air, but I confess that I’m already fearful of the mid-October drop off. Every year we see our numbers start strong and then quickly slide, and our seniors tend to be the first ones to […]

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  • Disrespectful Parents

    Parent Ministry

    Posted on September 6, 2016 by Doug Franklin

    Like most of us I have been thinking a lot about how parents can be more involved in youth ministry. We know parents are the primary faith influencers, and our role is to come along side and reinforce the discipleship process. This type of ministry has obstacles: 1. Some parents have not been discipled themselves […]

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