Archive | Mistakes

I Messed Up! What Now?

I messed up! Now what? There have been many times in my ministry I have thought this to myself… Whether it was poor communication, whether a students feelings were hurt, whether a parent was upset, or whether it was ______ (you fill in the blank), we have all messed up haven’t we? Mistakes are inevitable […]


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3 Things I am Changing Next Fall

One of the crucial lessons I have learned over the years is the need for regular evaluation of how my ministry is going. There are certain times of the year when it is impossible to get a chance to “come up for air”, but there are some natural breaks in seasons that allow me to […]


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The Lesson I Learned When My Laptop Crashed During Sermon Prep

Today my Macbook Pro crashed! It was a BIG crash! The good people at the Apple store told me my hard drive is not recoverable. Ever have that happen? Believe it or not, this is the first time I have ever had a computer crash in this way… But here’s the bigger problem: I AM PREACHING […]


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Independence can be a Bad Thing…

On this 4th of July, because I am British, you might expect me to say  something bad about Independence Day. (Haha!) However, I now live in Michigan, I love the people, and I love the idea of freedom that emanates all around the world because of this country. But, here’s the specific problem I have […]


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Character…

Today on Twitter Rick Warren gave a quote that I think every youth worker should take to heart and consider… Never waste energy trying to be well-known. Today’s hero is tomorrow’s zero. U work on character & leave reputation to Him… Many people hold fast to the sad reality that many youth workers will leave […]


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7 Tips for Planning a Great Event

I know it’s the summer, but now is a great time to be brainstorming and thinking strategically about what events you will be doing when the Fall gets here. In the past I have used a lot of unnecessary energy and faced disappointment from events that didn’t turn out like I hoped. Today, as we […]


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Secure?

This evening as I write this, it is -4 here in Southeast Michigan. (-20c to all my UK and metric readers). For the next few days it’s going to this cold and perhaps even colder. Coming from the UK, I must admit, I am still not used to this kind of weather… The thing I […]


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