Making Corrections

January 12, 2017
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So a few years ago I was driving home from college with my Dad and friend in the car. It had been a long night and I was pretty tired but since it was a long drive my turn came eventually. Before you say anything; Yes, I know that driving while fatigued is characterized very.. read more →

Happy Father’s Day

June 22, 2015
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Happy Father’s Day! Yesterday we celebrated the men that helped raise us and build us into the men and women we are and are becoming. Some sadly have to approach this day with heavy hearts because that father is a memory now; good or bad. Some have/had wonderful & loving fathers while others may have.. read more →

Make Regular Authentic Connections

March 30, 2015
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Thank you to all my faithful readers who have been patiently waiting for me to return from paternity leave. No better way to start than a self-confession: I use my smart phone quite a bit. It is how I call my wife & family, keep up with friends & even stay connected with my brother.. read more →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Dealing with ‘THAT’ kid

December 1, 2014
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Johnny sit down. Johnny stop yelling. Johnny stop pulling her hair. Johnny sit down. No you may not see how far that Bible can fly. Get your finger out of Ashley’s ear. Johnny sit down! Save your fart noises til after class. Johnny, we don’t say those words in church. Now why did you hit.. read more →