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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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

From the YM: Tips and Thoughts on Kids and Social Media

Lately I’ve had a few parents ask me for tips on helping their kids navigate the world of social media. I’ve talked with a few of the NVC teens about this as well to get their thoughts and here are a few tips/reminders that I’d like to share. The question I get asked most often… Continue reading From the YM: Tips and Thoughts on Kids and Social Media

Youth Ministry Failures (When Your Event Flyer Accidentally Reads ‘Free Sex and Ice Cream’)

I'm blessed to be a part of a couple different groups of youth ministers that meet together on a regular basis for a time of encouragement, brother (and sister) hood, and event planning. At our last local National Network of Youth Ministries meeting we had several young interns present, guys that are just getting started… Continue reading Youth Ministry Failures (When Your Event Flyer Accidentally Reads ‘Free Sex and Ice Cream’)

Ministry Goal: Deep Thought

A few weeks back Stephen Colbert pointed out research about the decline of the reading level of the State of the Union address over the years. The latest Presidential address came in around an 8th grade reading level. By comparison, John F Kennedy's speeches averaged around a 12th grade level, and the Constitution was written… Continue reading Ministry Goal: Deep Thought