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Leadership | Small Groups
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Best Practices of Youth Ministry: Part 1

This week we’re going to focus on some of the best practices of youth ministry nationwide and hope that it generates some helpful conversation as you agree, disagree or have no opinion either way! Right up front we want to let you know that there..
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Articles | Culture
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A Pandemic of Over-Connection

Full Disclosure: Because today’s technologies have a forming influence on our spiritual, emotional, and psychological “shape,” I’ve stubbornly resisted getting a smartphone, preferring instead my now-ancient flip phone. We’ve decided to not have cable TV in our home, “screen time” in general is limited, and..
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Articles | Worship
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Use Abuse

I hear it all the time, in persistent iterations… • (In prayer) God, please use me… • (In conversation) I know God can use me/you/them… • (In sermons) God will not use someone who… “Use” is surely the preferred way we describe God’s posture toward..
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Discipleship
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Addicted to Jesus? Not So Fast…

I told my senior pastor that I sometimes feel like my love for Jesus has crossed over into addiction. I mean, I’m so captured by Him and “ruined” for Him that I can’t imagine myself apart from Him. And my pastor frowned at me, leaned..
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Articles | Leadership
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Ministerial Intelligence Part One: An Explanation

I’ve been thinking a lot (maybe too much) lately about longevity in youth ministry; especially longevity in the same church/organization. And while my conclusions aren’t scientific and can certainly be argued against (in fact, please do!), I’ve identified what I’d like to call “ministerial intelligence”..
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