Archive | April, 2011

Back to Basics?

Has youth ministry become more complex than it needs to be? Do we get swept away by the complexity of adolescent lives and feel the need to provide complex answers and solutions? Have we become too focused on other ministries ideas and try to copy every idea for our own ministries? Do we personally cram […]


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Scheduling What Matters Most

“If you never did ministry again, I am not sure I would care at this point!” These were the hard, but truthful, words my wife spoke as she shared her frustrations of being married to an overscheduled youth pastor. It wasn’t like I didn’t see it coming… Over many months I had blurred the lines […]


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What Students Do When You Give Them Too Much Time?

[vsw id=”qcVFM4X7OSg” source=”youtube” width=”570″ height=”344″ autoplay=”no”] Is this what students in your ministry do when they have too much time? Just thought I would share this funny video that has been making the rounds…


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Leadership Lessons I Learned From Baja Fresh

[vsw id=”qKdn8NXswtI” source=”youtube” width=”570″ height=”344″ autoplay=”no”] Last night was one of the few Sunday’s I get to watch TV with my wife. I wasn’t too certain what Undercover Boss was really about, but I had seen some positive tweets about it. I am so glad I had the opportunity to watch it! The CEO of […]


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When Sports Compete With Youth Ministry – Part 3: Real Life

In my first post on this topic, I talked about importance of changing the way we view sports to promote “teamwork” between sports and youth ministry. In my last post I talked about the importance of owning the problem and coming up with practical steps to help students in their harried sports schedules. Today, I […]


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When Sports Compete With Youth Ministry – Part 2

In my previous post I talked about the reality of sports (and other extra curricular activities), and how they often collide with our youth minisrtry events and programs. In this post I want to look at practical steps I take to help sports and youth ministry work for me and the families I minister to. […]


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When Sports Compete with Youth Ministry – Part 1

Recently, I have spoken to a number of friends in ministry who are frustrated by sports schedules and the negative impact on their ministries. Here’s the kind of scenario I often hear: “We had a retreat planned, and the week before students dropped out because of a Basketball game” “Parents asked me to change the […]


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I Quit Ministry

Did I fool you with the title of this post? I was nearly fooled by a bunch of my volunteer leaders this morning on April fools day. My first email arrived from Trent, and I must admit, he had me for about 20 seconds. Take a look at some of the messages I received this […]


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