The Power of Permission in Youth Ministry
27 March 2014
The first time I learned about the validation that comes with giving someone permission to experience their reality came when I was 10-years-old. I was regularly invited to sleep over at my friend Joel’s house. I suffered horribly from being homesick when I was younger. It..
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Leading Through Transition: Caring for Students
03 December 2012
This past year the churches in my community have gone through a lot of turnover. Pastors have left or been terminated, directors have resigned, and leaders have changed their focus of ministry. I have seen times of extreme pressure placed on leaders, and other staff..
The Year End Party
05 September 2008
The Year End Party – A modern story that illustrates the concept of Salvation by Grace Scripture: Ephesians 2:8 The word on the street is that this is the party to be at, but when Martin starts digging a little deeper he finds out that..
Everybody Is An Addict
06 March 2014
I’m of the opinion that everybody is addicted to something. Everybody. To Something. But as tends to be the norm in Christendom, the ‘biggies” seem to get all the attention. To be sure, some of your students are addicted, or dangerously close, to self-harm, drinking,..
Killing the Clique Part 1: Gutters and Cliques
04 January 2013
I’ve been hearing a lot about cliques—not from other youth ministries, but from our own. We’ve got a clique problem and we need to think seriously about it. I’m going to write some articles about what a clique is, why it’s harmful to youth ministry,..