Tag Archives: leadership

Promise 4: One Day Off Every Week

Want to know something crazy?  Normal people get two days off of work every week.  Youthworkers usually get none.  Don’t think I’m right?  Check your calendar. You might be saying, “I get Mondays off” (except for those two hours of staff meeting…) Or you get Fridays off (except any weekends with a retreat or a lock-in.)  Same thing can be ...

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Pray God’s Blessings

Sometimes life seems so vast, big and powerful that you wonder whether you can really make any discernable difference. You can. Every day. One person at a time. When someone cuts you off while you’re driving to work, pray God’s blessing upon him. When you see an obviously poor person asking for money, pray God’s blessing upon her. When you ...

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It Takes a Lifetime to Learn

  “So, it seems like you read a lot of books?!”  Yeah, I get that often.  My college-aged son says he was raised at “the library” and he means our home not a publicly funded book depository.  And this photo below shows you what is on my reading pile for today.  What is wrong with me anyway that rehab for ...

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It’s important to be responsible, do whatever it takes to get the job done right and strive for excellence. But it’s even more important to remember that it’s not all up to you. Other capable and competent people are involved, things will get done if you’re not there and God is still going to be at work in every situation. ...

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Conversion Aversion Disorder

As Youthworkers, have we really thought about the implications of Conversion?  Have we considered Conversion God’s work?  Have we tried to take God’s place to manipulate young people?  Do we even have a plan for what comes next the day after Conversion? “To have a conversion experience is nothing much.  The real thing is to be able to keep on ...

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Frank Schaeffer and the importance of listening well

I met Frank Schaeffer at a planning retreat for the Wild Goose Festival a few weeks ago. His story is a fascinating one–his family established the L’Abri community in Huemoz, Switzerland and became oddly influential in the rise of the Christian Right political movement. After the passing of his father Francis, Frank found himself heir-apparent to that influence–but at the ...

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The Voice of God

There are strident voices all around you declaring the truth, telling you what you need to believe and challenging you to change. Admittedly, because the rhetoric is often highly charged and the words are sometimes judgmental, it is tempting to completely tune it all out and just keep believing what you already believe. But you do that to your own ...

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7 Things To Do Right Now for Your Mission Trip Next Summer

It’s January and you are probably congratulating yourself on making it through the Advent season in one piece and for getting the second semester youth programs started.  (Don’t sell yourself short – pat yourself on the back for accomplishing all that!)  Now it’s time to sit back and relax, right? Well, yes you should take some time to renew and ...

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Get a Degree in Youth Ministry from Duke University

Are you aware that Duke Divinity School is offering a new Master of Arts in Christian Practice degree for those who are looking to experience a rich theological education while continuing to serve the church in their present youth ministry position?   Are you interested in learning from experts in the field of Youth Ministry like Dr. Fred Edie and ...

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