Faith in Focus Speakers Bureau

I’m humbled and honored that Alex McFarland invited me to be one of the speakers for Faith in Focus.  I’m not a apologetic genius, I’m not a public figure, I’m not immersed in politics.  What I am is a guy who has been serving in the church for 25 years.  Both in the roles of Student Pastor and also as Ministry Teams Pastor.  In those years God has helped me grow in my knowledge of both student ministry and ministry…

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Student Ministry

Getting in the way of ministry

“What are you really accomplishing here? Why are you trying to do all this alone while everyone stands around you from morning till evening?”
 Jethro gave his son-in-law Moses some great advice.  Jethro arrives on the scene and find Moses sitting and listening to disputes among the people.  From morning till night he was a judge, a mediator, and not getting much done because he was only focused on that task. (Deut 18)  Moses was meant to be a leader,…

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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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Leading with Confidence

Leadership can obviously be a challenge at times.  Sometimes leadership feels like a constant challenge.  I remember many years ago when I stepped into the role of Associate Pastor (Nice title to help the older folks fund the youth ministry position) I was thinking to myself, “Now what?”.  A huge challenge lay before me.  The last youth minister was gone and regardless of what the church members felt about him either way I was staring at stepping in and taking…

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Training

Great video to show to your youth ministry team even to show during youth worship. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2v0RhvZ3lvY&feature=player_embedded

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“My Ministry”

The phrase “my ministry” can be both good and bad depending on my attitude and understanding of ministry. Attitude is huge when it comes to serving in the church. Wait! There was the key word, “serving”. Jesus, God in the flesh, took on the form of a humble servant. Not a doormat but put the needs of others first. My attitude must be one of a servant. I do this ministry to serve others and to serve God. When my…

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Passion

I remember when I was 18 I had a job working for a company that made cookies and had ice cream shops on Maui (rough I know but someone had to do it). Our company lost our delivery driver who ran the routes to all the grocery stores and resorts. My boss asked me if I would like to do the delivery job for a change of pace. I agreed to take on that position. It wasn’t long before I…

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Looking Forward in 2011

Some of what I have to look forward to in 2011: Beginning the Assimilation Team of NHC Youth Ministry Team retreat The Call 2011 Our twins turn 2 and our eldest man child turns 7! Impact Outer Banks, a week long local mission event for students Another season for Tubbs Hot Dogs Involvement in the Real Men Eat Lunch connection group Starting a Bible study for high school students. Launching our full spectrum of Contagious Ministry Teams The first ever…

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Prepared for What You Expect? Part 2

Situation #2 A family is looking for a church to connect with. They are new to the community and are looking for a church family to grow with as they raise their children. They arrive on Sunday morning. After parking they get out of the car and there is no one to greet them or any signage to point them in the right direction. They see what appears to be the main entrance for the church so they head that…

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Fiery Darts!

Following a great weekend at The Call we went low key on Sunday night at Contagious. I was “taught” out and the student had enough content from The Call and from Pastor Steve’s sermon to chew on all week. Sometimes you just need a good laugh. So we watched Tim Hawkins on DVD. He is hilarious! I sat in the back and it was fun to watch the shoulders and head of students and leaders shake as they laughed. We…

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