Almost every Wednesday night I have the great honor to give students a ride home from youth. This is a time that I treasure. It is a time when all the distractions are taken away and you are with a small group often of only 1 or 2 students in your car. When they step into your car you have just invited them into your life at a much deeper level than being, “The guy on stage.” When they get in and have to move the car seat and the clean up the 40 pounds of gold fish cracker crumbs your kids left, they get to see YOU, the real you, the dad/mom. You also get to see them, when all their friends are gone, and it’s just them, not the person they feel like they have to be to impress others. These few moments have radically changed the ministries I’ve been a part of over the last 14 years.
Small Groups are one of the single most important thing you can do as a youth ministry. I know that one of the main issues people have is finding and training leaders. That is why a fews years ago I gathered a couple friends and we decided to join together to make a collection of training videos called, Leadership 360. These videos can help you train and inspire current and new leaders.Read More»
This past Wednesday night we had a going away party for the youth pastor here. At the end of the party I was cleaning up when one of the students asked me for a ride home. I instantly said yes. It is one of the things that I love to do in ministry. It meant so much to me because it has been over three years since the last time I drove a student home. Here are four reasons why I believe youth pastors and youth leaders should be driving students home every week.Read More»
We all want to see God move in our lives in a more powerful way. We want to have a “total reliance” on God. And we would not want to intentionally limit Gods ability to move in our lives. YET we do it everyday. The Bible says, “Do not quench the Holy Spirit.” The word quench means to suppress or to limit. We do not want to limit God in our lives. We all want to live a life that allows God to move freely in our lives, manifesting Himself as he sees. But has our Western worldview limited our understanding of God and what He is able to do? Has our heritage limited God? John Wimber in his book, “Power Evangelism” lists four characteristics that inhabit Western Christians’ ability to practice power evangelism. These four characteristics not only limit “outsiders” (nonbelievers) but if we are not careful they will limit ours as well.
This past week I was with Jeanne Mayo and the Cadre for my ninth year of mentoring through her program call “The Cadre.” If you are a youth pastor and have not done the cadre, YOU ARE MISSING OUT! During our time there Jeanne gave us this teaching that I thought I would share with you. She was inspired by a blog article by T.D.Jakes called, “The Friendship Trinity.”Read More»
Everyone has a level of influence. Even the most introverted person will influence thousands of peoples lives. We influence people intentionally and unintentionally everyday. Simple things like how we drive have an influence on peoples days. If we decide to smile at the Starbucks girls as she takes our order. How well we perform at work has an influence on others. We all influence people, so how to we increase our influence?
Four Ways To Increase Your Influence, TODAY.Read More»
Pastors love to take people out to lunch. As I write this blog I am preparing to take a student out to lunch and talk about life. It is a big part of the job. Lunch is a great time to meet with students, volunteers and leaders to build relationships and invest in their lives. These can also be great opportunities for leaders to share with us one on one. This is great time for them to share things that are on their hearts that they can’t (or shouldn’t) share in front of the group. If you are likeRead More»
It is hard to not be motivated and inspirited to go out and accomplish something great after watching a video like this one. Chris McDonnell has a very clear and powerful motivator for why he does ironman. Loosing his daughter drives him everyday to honor her and to share her story. Loosing a daughter or family member may not be the key motivate for you,Read More»