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


Hey friends.  If you’re going to the Simply Youth Ministry Conference this weekend then I’d love to have you join me.  Here’s my schedule of how you can find me and if you’re not going, how you can be praying for me if you’re so willing in the week ahead.

I’ll be teaching in the following slots. Come on by and say hi.

SAYING NO TO THE STATUS QUO: declaring war on extended adolescence. 
Friday March 2.  9:30pm – 11:00pm.   ROOM: Breathitt

  • You don’t have to be very observant or very well read to know that adolescence has moved from a life stage to a lifestyle and that students are leaving their faith behind as they head into their twenties. This workshop will challenge us to look into how we’re structuring our ministries in ways that might be perpetuating the problem and develop some solid theological and practical solutions to putting a stop to this common trend.
YOU SUCK: enduring, learning from, and responding to your critics.  Session #1.
Saturday March 3.  9:00am – 10:30am    ROOM: Carroll/Ford
  • Communication At The Core – Taking criticism is about as enjoyable and endurable as a root canal, but it might be just as critical to your long-term ministry health, too. One of the essential skill sets of all leaders is the ability to learn from, and at times even ignore, the voice of critics. This seminar will examine why we fear criticism, why we need it, and how to respond when it comes.

YOU SUCK: enduring, learning from, and responding to your critics.  Session #2.
Saturday March 3.  2:45pm – 4:45pm    ROOM: Carroll/Ford

  • Responding vs Reacting.. And When To Retreat 
Sunday March 4.   1:00pm – 2:15pm     ROOM: Carroll/Ford
  • Peer Panel-Ministry Conversation with Shannon and I and another couple and hosted by Jim Burns.  Should be fun.  Pretty much all Question and Answer with the Audience.  Should be fun. 

Sunday March 4.   2:45pm – 4:45pm    ROOM: Coe

  • Our life is crazy. Ok, there. We said it. Keeping our own heart healthy, our marriage vibrant, and our family connected is no small task in ministry. If you want some ideas on how to navigate the complicated intersection of of all of that, then join us. This is not a been-there-done-that and now we tell you how to do it seminar. It’s an honest and candid discussion on life in youth ministry from a couple who are learning to tend to their own soul, marriage, and family one day at a time. 


  1. Anonymous says:

    This is an area of focus I’m very interested in, that is the “saying no to the status quo.” do keep us posted on how that particular event went

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