Husband. Dad to 5. Student Ministry Pastor. Follower of Jesus. Yatta yatta.

BE A BUTTERFLY

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The other day I was looking across the yard and noticed a hummingbird going from flower to flower.  It immediately reminded me of my grandma's hummingbird feeder when I was a kid.  She loved watching those birds.  I also remember that she had to la … [Continue reading]

WAS THAT GOD SPEAKING TO ME?

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Today we had an all day "offsite" meeting with our pastoral staff.  We do this from time-to-time for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it's for goal setting.  Others it's to complete a project or cast a vision for a new change.  But yesterday was all ab … [Continue reading]

MY GO-TO TROUBLED TEEN COUNSELING TEXT

As a youth pastor from time to time I'm asked to meet with a student when things aren't going well.  If it's a one way street and the student is "forced" to meet with me, the conversation is always super hard and rarely goes anywhere.  It's better if … [Continue reading]

TOP 5 MINISTRY TRUTHS FOR TEENS

Last week I hosted our local youth pastor network again and since I was in charge of the topic this week, I decided that after lunch, we'd just kick around this question:  "What have you been learning about ministry to teens that might be a great … [Continue reading]

EVERYBODY JUDGES EVERYBODY

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Nobody likes that statement.  But it's true.  Try as you may to NOT judge others, you WILL do it.  I do it.  We ALL DO IT all the time. Guaranteed. body weight, shape, gender, age  (so and so is fat cuz of this habit) socioeconomic status (that … [Continue reading]