Blood & Fire Challenge Creative Adaptations

February 2, 2017
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So, not too long ago the Youth Department issued the geocaching Blood & Fire Challenge to the whole Territory to get our youth groups & Corps Families out of the Corps building and carrying the SA flag out into the community.  This was met by a great response from all of you!  Not only have.. read more →

Who Are You Voting For?

February 22, 2016
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We have all seen the recent uptick in political conversation online. It can be divisive, always includes strong opinions and leaves many taking personal offense.  In my opinion, this current field of candidates (on all sides) seems to be devoid of a clear-cut person worth my vote.  Whether you plan to vote for Hillary, Bernie,.. read more →

It’s Game Time!

October 26, 2015
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So far through this blog we regularly cover devotional topics, encouragement,  & youth ministry info but from time to time you just have to have a little fun.  Working with young people always brought about one of my favorite activities: the ice breaker games.  I understand these typically make those of us who are introverts.. 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 →

Green Grass

May 26, 2015
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When I was in college I was asked by a professor a very poignant question: if you could have one great year, full of awards or fame and recognition, or a lifetime filled with good, firm, consistent performances, what would you choose? I naively interpreted it as a professor looking at a student actor and.. 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 →

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 →

There Are Too Many Christians!

November 3, 2014
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As you have discovered by now, I am a nerd and like to spend a lot of my free time reading. Through reading quite a bit on the status of current youth ministry and Christianity as a whole I have recognized a few common themes. (1) Young Christians are leaving in droves and not returning… read more →