Tag Archives: leadership

Still Thankful

In my family on Thanksgiving during the big meal, we go around the table and everybody states something they are thankful for.  We also remember the family members that have gone on to their heavenly reward that used to sit at the table with us.  Maybe your family has similar traditions.  And generally there is also a Festivus joke or ...

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Can Youth Stop Bullying without Committing Social Suicide?

“If I was to ask everyone at your school, how cool you were, what would they say?”, I posed to my youth. One of my cohorts at ywmovement.org, Gavin Richardson, introduced me to the idea of “social currency”, last year. Social currency is the idea that anything our youth do or don’t do, either adds or subtracts to their social status ...

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6 ways to stop being a complete jackhole to your volunteers

Volunteer in Youth Ministry

My phone at work almost never rings. I don’t mind. Most people that actually know me know that my office hours are scattered and that the best, fastest way to reach me is my mobile. So last week when the phone on my desk rang I was pretty sure it was a solicitor. They didn’t disappoint. The call was from ...

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Dealing with Controversial Topics without Getting Fired

I have been spending a lot of time recently dealing with controversial topics in the church as part of a message series I am doing in one of our adult worship services.  Though it is possible to get a lot of people interested, it is equally possible to end up with a bunch of upset parents, kids, and pastors.  So, ...

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Land of the Free, Home of the Slave

With the upcoming presidential election, more and more of our media channels are being overrun with relentless propaganda. Freedom. Freedom has become a buzz word more and more around this time of year.  Freedom of speech, freedom of choice, economic freedom…I mean, we’re Americans, right?  Freedom is what defines us. But how free are we really?  Is there really any ...

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how few idiots would it take to get you fired?

I live next to a cemetery, which rests next to a parsonage across the street from a small country Baptist church. They’ve been without a pastor for a couple of years since the previous one received a call to a pulpit in Delaware. I think it was Delaware. In any case, I miss Sammy and his complete set of unbreakable ...

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11 Things It Is Still Not Too Late To Do

If you are feeling the need to take a deep breath in Youth Ministry right now, please do.  Most likely you have been moving at a fanatical pace as you re-launch Sunday school, Bible study, youth group and any other activities for the new school based year.  After 25 years in Youth Ministry, I always realize (about now) that I ...

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where two or three are gathered

So there’s this old preacher’s joke I heard growing up that I’ve never been able to shake. It’s not a great joke, just the way my OCD selective memory works–completely random things held forever in great detail. It rambles on a bit about a church in a dusty midwestern/west Texas/plains-state-ish community where the bi-vocational pastor wanders in one morning to ...

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there’s no hung-out-to-dry in “team”

“Do you think you can walk 2.6 miles in less than half an hour?” “Probably.” “I think you’re underestimating it.” “I don’t mean that I’d feel great afterward. I just mean I think if I had to that I could do it once, even if I hated myself for a few days afterward.” “Maybe.” This conversation took place between myself ...

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Jesus the Purple Dinosaur?

My daughter is a toddler.  You know what that means?  Endless amounts of children’s programming.  To the disgust of my wife and I, our daughter has developed a little bit of a Dino-crush on that big purple dinosaur we all know so well. Barney has become a fixture in our home.  Our once peaceful abode is now overrun with Barney ...

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