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Don’t Forget to Play

I have an internet class for the first time, which is both terrifying and ironic.  When you have an internet class as an instructor, it never lets you clock out.  It follows you home, it invades your smart phone, and it knows no hours.  So I was stressing out about the beginning of the semester when my dog, … Continue Reading

Recent Lessons on Personal Growth

Terminated Youth Ministers

Being terminated might be one of the most stressful and painful experiences a youth minister can have. If you have been terminated or you fear you may be, here are few random thoughts: Even if we have never met, I hurt for you. This world is marked by the Curse. Completely. And that is how […]

Tenure and Turnover in Youth Ministry

Gregg Makin did a PhD dissertation titled “Understanding the Turnover Intentions of Youth Pastors.” His study sought to answer the question: What contributes to youth minister turnover where they thinking about quitting their churches and leaving youth ministry altogether? Among those he studied, 89 percent were married, 89 percent had at least a college education, […]

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Recent Lessons on Professional Growth


Accountability is one of those words that has lost its meaning through overuse.  It is a helpful concept, but it may have been over spiritualized with “accountability partners,” “accountability groups,” “accountability software” and so on. Nothing is wrong with all of that as long as it is not “Christianese” for the latest fad or trend. […]

What Are You Reading?

Each year I go to Metro Youth Ministers meeting which is a meeting of large church youth ministers.  Every year, they ask me to present my “Top Ten Reading List” and when I do, at least one of them asks me, “When do you have time to Read?” Those conversations reveal two important things to […]

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Recent Lessons on Relational Growth

Relating to God through the Sabbath

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy: You are to labor six days and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. You must not do any work—you, your son or daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the foreigner who is within your […]

Connecting with College Students

This is a guest blog written by Emily Tillman who gave this as a talk at YMI2014, the youth ministry conference at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Until May 2014, she was the administrative assistant in the youth ministry office, but she is now an Alabama Baptist State Missionary serving as the Associate Campus […]

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Recent Lessons on Spiritual Growth

Teenagers, Revival, and You

Awakening is a church saturated with the supremacy of Christ by the Spirit of Christ. God floods His church with fresh hope, passion, prayer, and mission by refocusing believers on Christ for all He really is. The awakening then spills into the community and cannot be stopped. Is an awakening to Christ possible in your […]

Adoring Christ More Than His Blessings

Fourteen years ago, God moved my family from Tennessee to Texas. Teaching at the seminary and speaking in churches has been a delight. Even richer has been the hours I have spent with my wife and son. At the same time, virtually every day for fourteen years someone in my family has been in a […]

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