In the world of student ministry, there are many stereotypes. And several of them are negative. I don’t know if it’s just how I am wired, but one of my goals has been to break those wide open, doing my best to represent this ministry well. Near the top of that list of stereotypes is the … Continue reading Plan to Plan Ahead
There's a funny saying about voting: Vote early and vote often! Clearly it's a tongue-in-cheek statement, but I do think the phrase is incredibly applicable to communication, especially within student ministry. In a world with many stereotypes about youth pastor who fly by the seats of their pants and don't have a plan, you can … Continue reading Communicate Early and Communicate Often
This year, I keep getting reminded that not everyone thinks of Christmas in a positive light. In fact, many people get depressed around the holiday season. The amount of people who commit suicide even goes up before, during, and right after Christmas. If this is you, I just want to offer a sincere and heartfelt … Continue reading Let’s Take Christmas to the World!
People are hurting. Yes, that's exactly how I'm starting this blog post, because it's a sad truth. Everywhere I look, I see students, parents, and other individuals suffering through times of crisis. Whether it be clinical depression or mourning the loss of a loved one or not getting into the school, club, or career they … Continue reading The Power of Presence
During our recent vacation to Savannah in April 2017, we came across the 36th annual Savannah College of Art and Design "Sidewalk Arts Festival" at the scenic Forsyth Park. Here's a quick video of our favorite pieces!
One of the things my wife and I learned in our pre-marital counseling was that we are supposed to support one another in marriage. While we will not fulfill one another, as that is up to God, we can balance each other. For example, I have gifts that she doesn't have, and visa versa. Together, … Continue reading Don’t Do This Alone
When it comes to speaking to teenagers, there are many philosophies and strategies out there. You've probably heard many of them. While they all have their place, there is one that I try to utilize as much as possible, especially when speaking to middle schoolers. Make it interactive! I was told early on that it … Continue reading Make it Interactive
A few years ago, I wrote about counting money as a youth minister, but I felt it was time for a follow-up. Other than the people who handle offerings, it is quite possible that a youth minister handles the most money within a church. Between retreats, mission trips, pizza parties, and much more, students and parents … Continue reading Handling Money in Youth Ministry
[This is a "guest post" I wrote for the Download Youth Ministry blog.] When was the last time you just sat and dreamed about God? I have a hard time remembering my dreams. In fact, I’m convinced I don’t even have any most nights. I’m not talking about that kind of dreaming, though. I want … Continue reading Dreaming on the Road
I don't really like doing New Year's Resolutions, but I felt like I should this year, so here they are!