Dry Cleaning, Youth Ministry, and the Art of Kintsugi.

I had just finished my sophomore year of college in the summer of 2000, and had trekked back home across country with a friend of mine ready to make some money that summer. Dad had recently been re-diagnosed with a brain tumor, I had academic probation looming, and hadn't yet told my parents about my… Continue reading Dry Cleaning, Youth Ministry, and the Art of Kintsugi.

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Tuesdays with Carl.

I met my friend Carl about 9 years ago when I started working at my previous church. Carl was in his late 70’s at the time, and served as counselor working out of our church. He offered to buy me lunch one Tuesday and we hit it off immediately. Walking across the street to grab… Continue reading Tuesdays with Carl.

Ministry Toolbox: The Minimalist Calendar

One of the easiest ministry traps to fall into is over-calendaring your ministry. Early on in my ministry career I struggled with this, and have worked hard to find a balance that makes sense for our church. Even with the addition of several events to our calendar this year, we run a pretty sparse calendar… Continue reading Ministry Toolbox: The Minimalist Calendar