“If you want them to bleed you have to hemorrhage.”

This quote was in reference to a leader being passionate about something. I resonate with this quote. It stuck with me. We need more people who are bleeding deeply and dangerously. These are the kinds of wounds that depend on a “Great Physician!”

“The secret to concentration is elimination.”

I’ve heard this a couple of times recently and thought it was good. When have we ever stopped to make “to-don’t” lists? We tend to be all about what we have to do. Do we ever consider getting rid of the unnecessary things that we are doing that take up too much of our time?

“Pray long in private, short in public.”

If you’ve ever listened to a long-winded prayer you know what I’m talking about here!!! Need I say more?

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How do you care for the people around you?

In youth ministry, I believe it is very important to care for the youth workers who spend so much time with the youth. I’m convinced it is absolutely necessary if you are going to have longevity and impact. Show your youth leaders that they are a priority. I usually try to put them in roles where they have a desire to serve. I don’t have them try to fill every role. I try to spend time with them, train them, figure out their needs and fears and try to help. Give the leaders a clear and biblical vision of what this is all about and give them the resources to put it into practice.

What else can you do?

1. Pray for the right people.

2. Play! Hang out together and build relationships with your leaders.

3. Pursue! Get people who have a commitment to what is happening. Have your current youth leaders find people who have the same desire too.

4. Peace. Relax, it is in God’s hands.

Here’s one final thought. It might be a little controversial but I believe it holds true. I am all about equipping and reaching the youth, but they will rotate through every 6-8 years or so. Your youth leaders won’t – hopefully.

Respond accordingly!

“The real business of life is the salvation of human souls.” C.S. Lewis

“When I pray coincidences happen. When I don’t they don’t.” Archbishop Temple

“Confidence is the child of experience.” C.H. Spurgeon

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.” John Maxwell

“When was the last time you sinned because of a lack of information?” Charles Swindoll

“Always tell the truth, that way you never have to remember what you said.” Bill Henry

“If you stop learning today, you stop leading tomorrow.” Howard Hendricks

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”

“And he said to man, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.'” Job 28:28