If you’re like most guests of Youth Leader Academy, you’re a growing, passionate, accomplished youth leader. You are committed to reaching the next generation and taking your ministry to the next level. You strive to grow, get better, and reach your potential as a follower of Jesus and leader of leaders. You want to do more than mere ministry. You want to change the way youth ministry is done.
But something keeps getting in the way: There just seems to be too much to do and too little time. Maybe you feel like this youth leader:
Three years into full time youth ministry and I am burned out. In these three years I have experienced a nasty departure of a pastor followed by a church split, marriages and families crumble and students deceive and lie to my face. No matter what background or school you come from, seminary or not, ministry will test you. There are times when it is worth the pain and there are times when you want to wave the white flag in hopes of a way out.
Youth Leader, Meadville, PA
Does This Sound Like You?
Do you feel like life is coming at you faster than you can manage it?
Do you fear that ministry is becoming more draining than life-giving?
Do you worry that seminary didn't prepare you for the realities of day-to-day ministry?
If so, you’re not alone. All of us have felt this way.
I Know How You Feel
I know what it feels like to be in over your head—to have the demands of ministry outpace your ability to manage it while still attending to the things that matter most—Jesus, family, and community.
For years, I, too, struggled to get off the treadmill of ministry. Too often, my success came at the expense of my health and my most valuable relationships. As a pastor who led youth ministries for more than fifteen years, I know all too well what it feels like to start resenting the very things (and people) you used to love.
I also know what it's like to find answers somewhere other than Jesus. But I also know what it's like to experience healing from burnout. I have "been there," so to speak, and I want you to experience a lifetime of ministry--not merely a couple of years.
My Goal in Starting This Ministry
Through this site, my mission is to give you a C.A.S.E. for youth ministry:
I want to provide you with tools, articles, and resources that will help make abstract "theory" become concrete reality. I want to share my insights into simple things like how to run a parent meeting, how to keep your volunteer leaders, and how to create a worship service, among others.
I want to create a community--a "tribe"--of youth leaders who can hold you to becoming the youth leader you were always created to be. No more excuses. I want you to take it all to the next level.
I want to give you to a simple framework that can act as a lens through which you see ministry. More importantly, I want this to be a system built on the very principles and practices Jesus used in his ministry.
I want you to meet other youth leaders on here who will be there to encourage you when you need it. I want the YLA community to "spur one another on to love and good deeds."
The bottom line? My goal is to help you take your leadership and ministry to the next level without burning out.
One of my great passions is speaking at churches, camps, and retreats. This includes events specifically focused on leaders, as leadership is my "sweet spot" in ministry. If you would like for me to speak at your next event, contact me and I'd love to talk about how I can help.
It IS Possible
Becoming a "lifer" really is possible! You don't have to be a statistic. But you will need a coach, and I would like to be that person for you. Okay, let's get started!