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Don’t Just Say You’re for Your Neighbors, Act Like It!

Have you ever wondered, in ministry, "Does this even matter?" It's easy to get to this point in ministry, especially when we have poured our heart into something and it doesn't turn out as we would hope. Often times, though, God shows up and does something when we least expect it. Maybe it's when a … Continue reading Don’t Just Say You’re for Your Neighbors, Act Like It!

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Do your Church and Community Look the Same?

Does your church's family photo match your community's family photo? Kara Powell believes it should, and I agree. At the Orange Conference 2017, she explained exactly why this is so important. She started by saying, "We should get to know our neighbors, because of Jesus." He was all about loving those around Him. And if … Continue reading Do your Church and Community Look the Same?

Vertical vs. Horizontal Morality

You know how you feel when you hear someone say something you’ve thought for a while? That’s the feeling I got when Andy Stanley started out this morning at The Orange Conference talking about what he calls vertical morality, which he defined as peace with God based on keeping peace with God. It’s an approach … Continue reading Vertical vs. Horizontal Morality

It Takes a Party

The Orange Conference has officially begun! This morning, we attended some pre-conference You Lead Labs. (Be sure to check out my last post about becoming a better public speaker, which all came from one of these labs.) Tonight, though, we had our first main session with everyone in the Infinite Energy Center here in Duluth, … Continue reading It Takes a Party

5 Ways to Improve as a Public Speaker

As a youth pastor, I am constantly speaking in front of people. It’s something I never anticipated when giving my first speech in seventh grade. In fact, it was never something I truly enjoyed doing in school. I got more comfortable with it each time, and I did enjoy talking about topics that interested me, … Continue reading 5 Ways to Improve as a Public Speaker

Meet the Orange Conference 2017 Bloggers

It's Orange Conference time again! As many of you know, I'm excited to return to the Orange Conference this year! It's been a couple years since I've been there, and I'm itching to get back. As with previous years, I'll be joining an awesome team of bloggers to cover the conference. Our goal is to … Continue reading Meet the Orange Conference 2017 Bloggers

Sermon: We Gather

This past Sunday morning, I had the privilege of starting off a new four-week series at Rockingham Christian Church called, "We Do," where we are looking at four different things the church does: gathering, singing, communion, and baptism. And since I am a youth pastor, after all, I had to bring in a game (one … Continue reading Sermon: We Gather

Book Review: Good Call by Jase Robertson

Every Christmas, we travel to Illinois to see family. A few years ago, during our time with my wife's family, I was introduced to Duck Dynasty. While I had seen short clips online, I had never watched a full show. After one or two episodes, I was hooked! We have since went on to watch all … Continue reading Book Review: Good Call by Jase Robertson

The Student Ministry Podcast – Ministry for the Long-Haul with Brett Eddy (Episode 15)

In episode 15 of The Student Ministry Podcast, Steve interviews Brett Eddy, who serves as the Pastor of Student Ministries at Port City Community Church in Wilmington, NC. While youth ministry wasn't Brett's first choice as a career, it was obvious God had it in mind all along. He has served at his current church for 16 … Continue reading The Student Ministry Podcast – Ministry for the Long-Haul with Brett Eddy (Episode 15)