Equipping and empowering adult small group leaders is the only way to significantly grow a sustainable youth ministry beyond yourself. This is a common thread I have encountered throughout my Bible college years, seminary and at The Orange Conference. I was asked by XP3 to share my thoughts on how we equip small group leaders … Continue reading Equipping Small Group Leaders For Upcoming XP3 Students Series
For a lot of us, our environment does not match our mission and values. That is the point Stuart Hall led with as he discussed how we need to "Rage Against the Machine." The machine he refers to is what we refer to as Christianity in our modern culture. This machine is all about getting … Continue reading Stuart Hall Urges Children and Youth Workers to Rage Against the Machine (Orange 2011)
I thought I would just give everyone a heads-up on what Workshops/Breakouts I would be attending at the Orange Conference this year. All of them are related to ministry to students/teens. A couple of the ones I am very excited about attending and sharing are the Breakouts concerning reaching special needs children and teens. I … Continue reading Orange Conference 2011 – What to Expect from Me
Someone told me a while back that ministry is one of the loneliest careers. At the time, I am sure I had no idea what that person was talking about. I mean, I was surrounded with peers in Bible college who were studying and doing ministry, and it was some of the best times in my life. … Continue reading Orange Brought Me Inspiration
This past Sunday, we taught about discovering who you are in Youth Group. As we discover who God made us, we begin to discover God, and we begin to step in rhythm to this overarching story. We read about the story of the "women at the well" from John 4. The women did not want … Continue reading Are You Sharing Your Story?
Rockingham Christian Church, where I serve, has quickly become more and more "orange." By that, I mean that we are doing our best to combine the efforts of the family (red = heart) and the church (yellow = light). In this, it has been on my mind to reach out to parents even more. So, … Continue reading Help Parents Prioritize God at Home