LeaderTreks Blog

  • Growing Spiritual Self-Feeders in Your Ministry

    Adult Volunteers, Youth Ministry

    Posted on December 1, 2016 by Taryn Seemann

    To spoon-feed a child is expected, but to spoon-feed an adult is unheard of. Except in youth ministry. Sure, we’ve been known to come up with some creative youth group games, but a closer look at our youth ministries might reveal that spoon-feeding goes beyond game time. With the best of intentions, we’ve given students […]

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  • How To Make Your Teaching Unforgettable

    Youth Ministry

    Posted on November 29, 2016 by Taryn Seemann

    From large group talks to small group discussions, so much of our time as youth workers is devoted to teaching. We put in long hours to determine the best example, the perfect story, or the right question, but sometimes it seems that our teaching still falls short. Students hear us out, and then they go […]

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  • What Every Young Youth Worker Needs to Know

    Youth Ministry, Youth Worker

    Posted on November 21, 2016 by Doug Franklin

    You want to change the world. Your dreams are big, your work ethic is strong, and your confidence has never been higher. You’re ready to see your potential reached and your influence maximized. I get it. I’ve been there. But slow down. I need you to realize a couple of things before you start charging […]

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  • Customizing Your Parent Ministry

    Parent Ministry

    Posted on November 17, 2016 by Dan Colwin

    It’s 7:15 on a Sunday night, and I’m freezing. Normally I’d be at church right now, participating in some larger than life youth group game, inside a nicely heated sanctuary. But tonight is different. Tonight I’m sitting in the bleachers watching 8th grade boys compete in their club football championship game. And it’s 45 degrees. Did I mention I’m freezing? I’m here because […]

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  • The Power of 4 Consistent Questions

    Mentoring, Youth Ministry

    Posted on November 15, 2016 by Dan Colwin

    Students’ lives are about as inconsistent as the weather here in Chicago. Their favorite teacher or coach leaves the school mid-way through the year. Their family dynamics shift as a result of a painful divorce, and their friendships and relationships fluctuate on an hourly basis. In the midst of so much uncertainty, students have a […]

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  • The High Cost of Low Expectations

    Mentoring, Youth Ministry

    Posted on November 10, 2016 by Taryn Seemann

     By: Taryn Seemann Here’s my favorite picture of commitment: A high school senior meeting for Bible Study before school at 6:00am EVERY WEEK Yes, one of my high school girls gets up early every week to meet with me. I pick her up on Friday mornings at 6:00, and we head towards a coffee shop […]

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  • 3 Stages of a Youth Worker’s Development

    Youth Ministry, Youth Worker

    Posted on November 8, 2016 by Doug Franklin

    When I first started out in youth ministry, my version of a good night of programming included some wacky games, a few words about the Bible, and a wrestling match between the boys and me. If students liked me, I figured that I was a success. Looking back, I’m thankful that my first years in […]

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