Monday, December 26, 2011

Top 10 Mayward Blog Posts of 2011

It's been a very full year. With my transition into high school ministry, my wife being pregnant with our second kiddo, celebrating our five-year anniversarypreaching my first main service, and watching a ridiculous amount of movies, there's plenty to write about. I love to write, and blogging has been a fantastic outlet for that passion. Here are the top 10 blog posts from this past year, in no particular order. "Top" means tons of views, significant moments, and what I believed to be the best written posts.

1. 5 Tips for Discipline and Disruption in Junior High. How do you handle disruptions with an ethos of love? These five tips might help you graciously keep the chaos under control in your junior high ministry.

2. 4 Hard Lessons from Planning an Event. What do you do when the camp has your site reserved a day later than your intended schedule? Here are some ideas I learned from the school of hard knocks in ministry event planning.

3. Walking in Circles. This is one of the best sermon illustration videos I've seen all year. We human beings love walking around in circles.

4. Boasting in Weakness. Here's a list of my insecurities, fears, and things I suck at. Turns out God's grace is sufficient in our weakness.

5. Evaluating Your Youth Ministry Program (Part 1: Stake, Part 2: Eisner). I discuss both a quantitative and qualitative way of evaluating a ministry. These are some models I learned back in college that continue to prove to be helpful in evaluating and making changes in a ministry context.

6. Creating Values (Personal, Professional). As part of the YMCP, we created our own personal and professional values. Articulating your values--both actual and aspirational--is an inspiring exercise, one that has significantly changed my entire way of being in the world.

7. Values for Young Church Leaders (Part 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5). Teachability, developing character, failing well, running a marathon, and finding a mentor. It's all vital for young church leaders if they want to serve for the long haul.

8. Serving Twice. Good leaders serve twice. The first time, they serve as part of their calling and job description. The second time, they serve just because someone has to do it.

9. Vocational Sweet Spot. When your gifts, passions, and calling all align, you're in a vocational sweet spot.

10. Being Presents at Christmas. We learned to give presence instead of presents this Christmas. After all, it's what Jesus did.

Thanks for reading, commenting, and sharing this past year! What was your favorite Mayward Blog post?

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