Don’t Let the Mountaintop Be A Cliff

March 9, 2015
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I love working in Youth Ministry. Some of my favorite moments have come at Youth Councils either at the altar, during hang out time or night time devotions. If you are from KT, you have just gone through this and for everyone else…it is coming very quickly. This is a time where we have tremendous opportunity to.. read more →

Authentic Relationships

March 2, 2015
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Hypocrite. This was a word regularly used in youth groups around the time I was growing up to describe the way we developed different faces for the different crowds we were around at the time. You acted a certain way based on where you were, who you were with and what situation surrounded you. It.. read more →

Family Centered Youth Ministry

February 23, 2015
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You may have heard or it may be your inclination to really get the parents involved in their child’s youth ministry. A lot of times that is left up to a nebulous idea and is never fleshed out in a practical way that you can use and develop in your own situation. Hopefully, we can.. read more →

What’s Your Teaching Style?

February 16, 2015
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Hey there teacher. Yes you. Even if you’re not asked to stand in front of a weekly class you are a teacher. Either you will be asked to fill-in every now again or your personal conversations with young people will help to teach them how to interact with other adults. Like it or not, we.. read more →

What’s In Your Well?

February 9, 2015
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I am sure we are all familiar with the old saying ‘Garbage in-Garbage out’.  It is a phrase quoted to us as young people while we are growing up regarding how we choose to spend our time, what we choose to enjoy and even the friends we choose to associate with.  In a nutshell, it.. read more →

Find Your Niche

January 26, 2015
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If you have ever held a job and been paid by someone then you more than likely have had to do something that you did not like.  This is a simple fact of adult life.  This is not a job-specific issue; everyone deals with it from time to time.  Whether it be a task you.. read more →

Expect What Can Be Expected

January 12, 2015
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Phew!  Now you can look back on kettles and Christmas decorations as a not-so-distant memory and feel relief in the work being done while also missing that time of year.  Then here goes Jesse with some encouragement to accomplish something that I don’t have time to do anyway.  Hopefully these blogs are not a drag.. read more →

Love One Another

January 5, 2015
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Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions?  Or set any new goals for 2015?  Going to get out of debt?  Lose weight?  Spend more time with family?  Last week I set a challenge for you to set goals far enough away that you would have to stretch to meet them.  So, do we have anyone.. read more →

Happy New Year

December 29, 2014
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Ten plus hours in a car with 2 yorkies, a 3 year old and a 1 1/2 year old.  Add to that a normally cheerful wife who has just completed three straight night shifts before this car ride and currently running on ZERO sleep.  What?  Not your idea of heaven on earth?  Yeah, not mine.. read more →

The Gift of Appreciation

December 22, 2014
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Thank you…Other than ‘I love you’ it is probably the most underutilized yet necessary phrase in the English language. It is this very phrase that I make a point to share with youth workers every time I get a chance to speak publicly to them. I do this because I get it. I do this.. read more →