Archive | June, 2011

Group Magazine Live Podcast: Episode 1 – Sexual Sin

It’s no secret, I am a HUGE fan of Group Magazine! I am so excited that they are creating a podcast that continues the conversation centered around content from the current edition. It’s “Group Magazine Live”. Here’s their official announcement: GML’s first show will air LIVE on Thursday, July 21, 2011, at 9:00am (MST) at […]


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5 Things I am Doing After A Missions Trip

At the weekend I returned from a week-long mission trip to Eastern Tennessee with an incredible team of students and leaders. It was a fantastic trip and our debrief on Friday saw students and leaders share some powerful God moments! Now that I am home, here are 5 things I am doing: 1) Spending Quality […]


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The Most Effective Way To Be Productive This Summer.

Do you want to be more productive in your ministry this summer? For that matter, do you want to be more productive year round and see greater accomplishments in your ministry? If the answer is yes, then I have a simple answer for you: Here it is… are you ready for it? Take time off […]


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Keeping Parents Plugged-in on Mission Trips: Part Two

In my previous posts I talked about the importance of Keeping Parents Plugged-in On Mission Trips and the importance of Keeping Leaders Plugged-in on Mission Trips. This video is an update from Western Hills Church of Christ youth ministry as they finish up their week in Memphis providing flood relief. My friend Brandon Baker, over […]


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Keeping Leaders Plugged-In on Missions Trips

In my previous post, I talked about the importance of keeping parents plugged-in with your mission trip experience once you arrive at your destination. Today, I want to emphasize the importance of preparing our leaders for mission experiences as they support students. This video is a quick “Top Ten” video update of important things I […]


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Keeping Parents Plugged-in on Mission Trips

This Sunday, myself and a team of high school students and leaders will be heading to Copperhill, TN for a week-long mission trip. As I have prepared for trips like this, I have found it to so important to over-communicate details with the parents and students and make sure that everyone understands deadlines, details, and […]


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The Next Biggest Youth Group Game?

[vsw id=”u_8iztLC_Vw” source=”youtube” width=”570″ height=”344″ autoplay=”no”] Is this the next biggest youth group game? Maybe not, but funny watching these guys!


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It Should Not Be About One Person

It should not be about one person… Our ministries should not center around us… People should not be so dependent on us, that if we left, the ministry would fail. It shouldn’t be about attaining a celebrity status in our ministry or ministry circles. Our lives should not take away from Jesus, but should confidently […]


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How To Gain Influence In Your Church

  A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to  preach on the Sunday we honored our high school grads. In my message for that weekend, I talked about the challenges they will likely face as they move from being a big fish in a small pond to becoming a little fish in the big […]


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8 Reasons Why My Second Office is Starbucks

If you follow me on twitter or foursquare, you will regularly see me checking-in at my local Starbucks or a similar coffee house. Recently a lot of youth ministry friends have suggested that I have a coffee addiction and need serious help. Often my reply is, “we are in youth ministry… we all need help”. […]


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