When I think back to the past several years in youth ministry (almost 10 years, if you count the years as a volunteer when I started college), there have been many times when I thought, "This is the hardest time." However, it seems that another always comes along. What does this mean? I think people … Continue reading What are Your Hardest Times in Youth Ministry?
Chuck Bomar led a breakout workshop last year based on ministry to college-age people. Because many of our students were graduating, I felt it was a great opportunity for me to learn about how to minister to them. Chuck made some amazing points on how we can begin to reach out to college students, providing … Continue reading Thinking Back on Orange 2010 – College Ministry Breakout
This past week, I spent some time back at my home church-camp in IL. I was asked to be the missionary speaker, helping the kids know about ministry in New England. It was a great opportunity, and I really appreciated the chance to do it. I also taught a class on worship (explaining what it is … Continue reading Back from Camp
So, an idea that has been running through my head since a couple weeks ago is this idea of students and parents in the same small group at church. I can only wonder how this could benefit families growing together in their faith. This all has to do with trying to blur those lines. I … Continue reading Student-Parent Small Groups
Today, I have a different purpose for writing. Instead of sharing what is on my mind or pouring out some heartfelt thoughts, I'm asking a question. While many people have already jumped on the bandwagon, purchasing an iPad, I stayed back. For the most part, I was not sure I could justify a large purchase … Continue reading iPad for Ministry?
Recently, we at RCC have found ourselves having some "good problems." What? How can that happen? Isn't that an oxymoron? Well, let me explain. First of all, we have been getting closer to the 300-mark in church on Sunday morning. In fact, last week, we went over 300. The problem is that we are struggling … Continue reading Good Problems?
I just realized I had not written anything since Easter, so here's a quick update as to how things are going. Ministry Had a great day Sunday with the Local Outreach Team, and we are gearing up for a year of outreach here in Salem (including some stuff for July 4th and hosting a 5K … Continue reading Quick Update
Well, it's finally here -- that time when people spend more time checking scores and betting in offices than ever before. That's right, it's the NCAA March Madness. While I'm not involved in the betting side of things, I am involved in a couple friendly bracket challenges over on Facebook (through CBS Sports). Yes, I … Continue reading March Madness 2009
Yvette and I are slowly but surely getting our house set up. We had our first guests last night, when some friends came over to watch "The Office." Our bedrooms are still quite messy, but the main living areas are quite nice. It's small, of course, but it's a good place for a new couple … Continue reading Greetings from NH
Yvette and I have been living together in New Hampshire for a total of 5 days so far. It's been great! Two weeks into marriage as well!! The only things I would change (if I could) is to make the weather A LOT warmer and to be able to unpack boxes A LOT faster. So … Continue reading Back in New Hampshire