Make a decision… it probably won’t last

I like infographics a lot!

When I saw this particular one on logos it made me think of the amount of time that I’ve worked in two churches–11 years in one and 18 in another. My experience has been that when you’re in one location for a long time that you’re able to observe a lot of change. There are times when it feels as if a certain decision is so important that you’ve got to get it right. I’m guessing that’s the case of these original logos–they probably felt like each logo was a “done deal.”

Here’s where my mind went–instead of getting paralyzed by indecision… pull the trigger. Make the decision. It’s probably not a decision that will last forever… chances are good you change it soon. Most of your leadership decisions are not final.

Logos Evolve 4 Should A Logo Be Timeless?

An illustration by the team at The Logo Company

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Question: what typically keeps you from making important decisions? Share it here.

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3 things I love about events

I’m not a big event guy!

Either way you interpret that sentence, it’s true. Events are not the highlight of my year and the size and scope of them doesn’t change that fact. I prefer the process, the journey, and the moments in between THE moment.

But there are three things I’ve learned to love and value about events.

1. The work of the Spirit.

We have no control over this one but it needs to be said. I believe God honors our unity and I also believe that simply changing the scenery can heighten a student’s sensitivity to what God is saying. In other words, events can be a time of both coming together and coming apart. There’s nothing like seeing the Spirit use that combination to do a real work in teenagers, revealing Jesus to their hearts.

2. The power of the moment.

I can walk into certain rooms and immediately point to a place where I had an encounter with God. The moment becomes a landmark in our spiritual lives. In the Old Testament, our spiritual fathers built physical landmarks to signify where and when heaven invaded earth. While the ultimate spiritual landmark in our lives is the cross there are additional times when God reminds us of His greatness and the Spirit whispers to us of Jesus’ goodness. Those moments matter.

3. The importance of the conversation.

I often tell leaders that events have a way of starting, restarting or accelerating really important conversations between students and leaders, between disciples and disciple-makers. You can’t sustain a moment but you can sustain a conversation. Without the moment there may be no conversation but without the conversation, the moment will never be more than just a nice memory. Getting students plugged into disciple-making environments creates opportunity for the conversation to continue.

Question:So…what do you value about events? Share your thoughts here.

Guest Post: David Hertweck serves the Assemblies of God in New York as the state youth director. He has been involved in local church youth ministry since 1999. He’s also the author of The Word, an easy-to-use, reproducible Bible study guide for teenagers (available on He’s married to Erin and has two daughters, Lilia and Caraline. He loves his girls, his family, good music, good food, his Weber grill, his Taylor guitar, Liverpool Football Club, the Yankees and the Gospel. You can follow him on Twitter at @DavidHertweck.

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How much ministry is in your ministry?

Last Tuesday, I walked into the office, worked at my computer, sat through a few meetings, filled out paperwork, and left before dinner. I was planning things and administrating things and writing messages and all of it was important.


This became my rhythm through Thursday and before I knew it, I’d done ‘youth ministry’ for three days and hadn’t had a single interaction with a teenager. That bothered me.

It bothered me because after ten years in youth ministry, I know that students forget the quality of my messages and the organization of my programs.

But they always seem to remember the conversations we had when we spent time together.

There is so much going on at our ministry jobs that it can be difficult to figure out how we should be spending our forty (or fifty or sixty) hours each week:

There are meetings that we have to attend.

There are messages that we have to write.

There are emails that we have to send.

It doesn’t end there.

Spending time with students is only a part of the job. The struggle – at least for me – has always been figuring out how much I should spend in the office building the youth ministry infrastructure and how much time I should spend outside of the office just pastoring teenagers.

The truth is that I don’t have an answer.

But as I tried looking for one,  I discovered that there wasn’t a ton of data to draw from. I expected to find research and statistics or some study from someone much smarter than I am.

But I didn’t, so I created my own.

The first ever Youth Ministry Work Week Study is my attempt to quantify how youth workers typically spend their time. It’s nine questions that I’d love for you to answer–you’ll be done in less than two minutes.

In just a few weeks, we’ll have a pretty good idea how modern youth ministry divides its time and you’ll be able to see where you fall in those results.

The more people who take the survey, the better the data will be. I hope you’ll click over to the survey and maybe even tell a few friends about it too.

It’s worth noting that the results of this survey won’t tell us the BEST way to spend our time, only the most COMMON ways that people spend their time.

So, after you’ve taken the survey, I’ll leave for you to answer in the comments:

QUESTION: How much time SHOULD a youth pastor spend interacting with students? Share your thoughts here.

Guest Post: Aaron Helman is the Youth Minister at Clay Church in South Bend, Indiana and has been in youth ministry for ten years. He is also the creator and writer of Smarter Youth Ministry, which is designed to help you navigate your biggest frustrations – things like time management.

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