Ministry

Square Peg Round Hole

A few days before Christmas I found myself in my bedroom with my wife staring at wrapping paper, tape, scissors and some gifts that needed to be wrapped. I had volunteered to help Misha wrap the gifts for the kids. I was only about 5 minutes into the project and had only wrapped two presents and I was done both mentally and physically. I’m the worst gift wrapper ever. I don’t enjoy it and when I’m done it looks like…

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Student Ministry

Finding Balance During the Holidays

No getting around it, the holidays are here. Life seems to be speeding up at the very time we should be slowing down to really focus on who Christmas is all about. It’s not hard to fill weeknights and weekends with our kid’s school programs and our church’s musicals, not to mention all the Christmas parties hosted by your staff, ministry team, and friends. Read more of my latest blog post for LeaderTreks HERE

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Leadership

Handing off the Baton

As I wind down my last week and a half as youth pastor at our church I think about the changes ahead but I also have my replacement, Ramon, on my mind. Ramon has been serving on our volunteer team for at least ten or eleven years. So as I turn my attention to new areas in our church I have total confidence in Ramon’s ability to lead the student ministry.
 
So these are the words of advice I gave…

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Parenting

Parents! The Best Gift You Can Give this Christmas

Parents, the best gift you can give your kids for Christmas is faith lived out. Life Your kids need to see faith in Jesus isn’t just a Sunday morning thing, it’s not a religious ritual. They need to see you struggle and how you lean on Jesus Christ for strength. They need to see you seeking God for direction in life. Fellowship Your kids need to see you living out your faith in your church community. They need to see…

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Student Ministry

The “Catch All”. Learning to say “No”

Every home has a “catch all” place.  It may be a desk, table, top of a dresser, a drawer, a place where stuff gets dropped.  Some of those things have a place they should go but the person doing the placing is too lazy to take the extra moment to put the item in its proper place.  Some items we just aren’t sure where to put it so we put it in the “catch all” place.  If you don’t have…

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Ministry

I’m Changing Course

Long Post Warning! Three years ago I started asking God, “What can I do with the skills and gifts you’ve given me in serving you the next fifteen years? “ I began to seek out what God would have me to do. There was no clear “Aha” moment at that time. I just knew I wanted to be used in the best way possible. I have been in student ministry both as a volunteer and as a full time youth…

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Student Ministry

You can’t beat this deal!!

Christmas time is here and LeaderTreks has got an incredible offer for you!! Having used LeaderTreks curriculum I can tell you that what they provide is top shelf, cream of da crop.  There is some awesome resources in this bundle.  I’ve got mine!  Hurry up and get yours while the deal is hot!

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Student Ministry

Changes in the Past Ten Years

I have been working with student for 26 years. In that time there has been changes in student ministry. Obviously things have to change as technology and society/culture change, I’m  not talking about changing the gospel but how it is delivered, how ministry takes place, etc. 
It used to take a clip art book, photocopier, glue, tape to make an event poster and if you wanted it to be fancy you copied it onto colored paper.  Time changes what we…

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Parent Ministry

Killing Wolves. The Things that Pull Families Away.

In Part 1 I looked at the frustration we have as youth ministers when we watch families drift away and we feel helpless to do anything about it.
  Christian/Church parents are removing their families from the safety found connected in a local church and exposing their family to the wolves who simply want to devour their lives. Who are you to judge? I’m not judging. I’ve been working with students and their families for 26 years, I have learned what…

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Parenting

Food for the Wolves.

I ran into a parent this morning that I haven’t seen at church in a very long time. His family came for a while, then became hit and miss, then missing all together. Their child of youth group age never really came to youth group. I let the parent know that their family was greatly missed at church.
The dad then began to list the reason why they are missing. The main reason is the dad is working sun up to…

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