Animal Crackers Cage Fight

Polar Bear vs. Buffalo, who wins? Finally, we have a scientific way to know (as well as a fun game to play on retreat or as a time-killer). Chris Bartlett gives us the Animal Crackers Cage Fight and tells us how we can use it on retreats, conferences, & events.

Marriage and Ministry

This post is a follow up post to the Widowed by Ministry post. It contains practical tips and clear fruits of a minister who has ordered their marriage above the ministry and below or within their relationship with God. Let’s dive in. Yes, No, and Go. To protect your YES, or I do, in marriage […]

Widowed by Ministry

I love the black and white decisions, like the time I got the call that my three year old daughter was in the hospital with a broken leg. It was a no brainer, drop everything and go. One phone call on the way mobilized my volunteers to cover the ministry event I had starting in […]

Death to Fundraising

For anyone who has been in ministry for some time, you’ve witnessed or done too many bake sales, car washes, or pulpit pleas to fund ministry events (honestly, even if you’ve just done one, it may feel like too many). Well I say, “off with its head!” We need to shift our perspectives on fundraising […]

Dallas Ministry Conference 2017

It was great meeting you at the Dallas Ministry Conference. In this post, you will find all things related to our Dallas Ministry Conference presentations and more. Next Level Ministry seeks to foster excellence in ministry leadership through ministry coaching & consultation, speaking & trainings, and empowering through resources. Your success in ministry is our […]

Be Confident and Courageous

Fear 15,000 years ago when you went out into the wild and you got nervous, you turned the other way. Journeying into the uncomfortable or unknown could be fatal. Today that same instinct exists. When you meet someone new or find yourself facing an uncomfortable situation, your mind and body often tell you to run. […]

How to Succeed in a Youth Ministry Interview

Summer is almost over. For the field of youth ministry, summer is a hiring season. I know of a number of parishes that are hiring here in my diocese. This process can seem difficult and intimidating. Submitting a resume and preparing for an interview can give you butterflies that remind you of asking someone on […]