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Is This Thing Killing Your Productivity?

So, this is my scenario: I’m fifteen minutes into my ministry workday, I’m sitting in my office, and I am just getting into the groove of a project that has been hanging over me for a couple weeks, when… Ding! Buzz! Ding!  Simultaneously, I hear an email notification from my laptop, my phone buzzes in […]


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SYMC 2016 – Real World Family Ministry

This weekend I have been at The Simply Youth Ministry Conference in Chicago, IL. It’s been a great weekend so far and I have been so encouraged by the conversations, new connections, and inspiring worship and teaching. In addition, I have had the privilege to invest in and encourage youth and family ministry workers as they seek […]


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D6: Family First – It Starts with You!

This week I have been hanging out with some great people at the D6 Conference in Louisville, KY. It’s an incredible event and is packed full of great general sessions, workshops, and an brilliant community of people. It’s been great to be here. One of the breakouts I led was titled Family First – It Starts […]


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7 Keys to Influencing Church Leadership to Partner with Parents

You’ve likely heard it said that our time with kids and students is getting shorter in an increasingly busy extra curricular culture. Parents however, still have the greatest influence with their kids, While what we do on a Sunday or midweek program is vital, it’s imperative that we make a shift in our time and […]


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4 Healthy Defaults for Balancing Family and Ministry – Part 3

In my first post in this series I talked about the importance of seeking out a vision for our own family while we journey through ministry together. So often we are quick to craft vision statements and values for our churches, yet we neglect to have a God-given vision for our own family. If you are […]


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Team Up! How to Become an Expert in Partnering with Parents!

 photo credit: Light bulb on desk via photopin (license) Partnering with parents to reach the next generation for Christ should be an essential component for every children’s and youth ministry. While we get to partner with them through our weekly programs, it’s imperative that we understand that God has called parents to be the primary […]


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Kidmin 2015 Deep Learning Track Notes

Thanks to everyone who came to the deep learning track called Parent Pain Points. A great deal of the content came from my recently published book, Team Up! The Family Ministry Playbook for Partnering with Parents. As promised, below is a link to shortened outline with the main points and quotes from the 4 sessions […]


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Leading By Example… When Our Words Are Not Enough

It’s natural for followers to begin to take on the personality, habits, theology, and core values of the leader. Just walk into any organization and you can quickly see what the leadership stands for by seeing the employees at work. If you were to walk into a church, what would the people and culture tell you […]


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5 Social Media Ministry Boundaries for Leaders

I wrote this article a while back, but recently I have heard about friends in ministry who have been burned by some poor decisions when using social media. I’m reposting this today in the hope it will be helpful to those of us who are in ministry and use social media… Using social media can be […]


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The Missing Ingredient to Healthy Discipleship?

The way we are discipled will correlate into how we disciple others… Who’s discipling you? That is one of the most pertinent things that has ever been said to me. It was at a time when I had hit a roadblock in my ministry and was struggling personally. I had been working so hard taking others […]


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